The FLEXTURBINE consortium is built around an industrially initiated nucleus: Core representatives of the European turbine industry have joined forces and involved leading European universities and research institutes to address the identified research and technology questions. They will cooperate to achieve the project objectives, sharing experience and know-how and developing results with complementary skills. The following figure outlines the contributions of each partner to the FLEXTURBINE topics and the impact on the future market drivers for flexible energy generation.
The consortium setup comprises all steps of the value chain and thus ensures that the technology is applied as soon as possible. The industrial design capabilities are complemented by selected high profile university departments, which are also involved in modelling activities as well as in preforming rig and component tests.
Technical University Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings. TUM has 13 academic departments, and also Integrative Research Centers engaged in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. It provides an excellent environment for research and for the education of 37,343 students, one third of them women. The university has a budget of EUR 1,203 million, which includes the university hospital. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest and highest performing departments of its kind in all of Europe. The research group involved in FLEXTURBINE is led by Dr Andreas Hupfer and is part of the institute of flight propulsion at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The institute employs more than 15 researchers, who focus on numerical and experimental investigation in gas turbines and turbomachinery, gas turbine performance simulation and fluid dynamics and structural mechanics of turbomachinery components.
TUM expertise relevant to the FLEXTURBINE project concerns numerical and experimental research on turbomachinery components. An existing experimental infrastructure, a laboratory for investigation of a High-Speed Research Compressor (HSRC) and the experience already gained by the institute on turbomachinery investigation will be used in FLEXTURBINE.
TUM will be involved in developing a self-adaptive seal for transient sealing, efficiency increase and durability for steam, aero derivative, and heavy duty gas turbines. In this context, systematic theoretical and experimental research will be carried out. With GE GRC, TUM will test a small scale prototype as well as a full scale segmented self-adaptive seal on the HSRC.
Completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Munich in 2006, he is currently head of the research group Design and Optimization of Gas Turbine and Aircraft Engine Components. He will direct TUM activities in the FLEXTURBINE project.
Anna Zimmermann is a Research Scientist of the Institute of Flight Propulsion (LTF) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which is headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gümmer. She has been a member of Technical University Munich since March 2016. Before that, she studied Mechanical and Process Engineering at Technical University Darmstadt and has deepened her competences in the area of fluid dynamics and turbomachinery. Amongst others she has developed extensive experiences on the field of Secondary Air Systems of turbomachinery.
Within the FLEXTURBINE project, Anna Zimmermann will be involved in experimental and numerical investigations of an advanced, non-contact sealing technology.