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.
The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen features about 20,000 employees and students within nine faculties.
Under the head of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Departement of Power System Engineering focuses on education in the field of fluid and thermo mechanics as well as design of power machines (turbines, compressors and accessories). Its research in the field of turbomachinery is both experimental and computational, while particular focus lies within the assessment of vibration of blade cascades caused by aerodynamic forces. Over the past 10 years, seven PhD students and two foreign specialists laid the basis for the department’s todays leading experiences.
As part of the scientific research, the Department of Power System Engineering developed a device for measuring aerodynamic
forces in between turbine blade cascades. Based hereupon, the capability to provide appropriate inflow simulation methods of the inter blade channel have been developed. Those methods allow for determining and evaluating critical blade vibration. Hence, UWB will contribute not only the measuring device but also the available methodical approaches to the FLEXTURBINE project.
UWB measures aerodynamic forces between blades in cascades, while the design of blades will be provided by Doosan Škoda Power. UWB’s responsibility is to obtain reasonable results from the experimental device. In addition, UWB will provide validated numerical simulations of respective cascades.
Petr Eret, Ing., Ph.D.
Prof. Ing. Jiri Linhart, CSc.
During his 20 years of employment at the Central Research Institution of Škoda works,
Professor Linhard gained significant experience in the field of flow induced turbine vibrations. and then another 20 years in the field of fluid mechanics, thermo mechanics and aeroelasticity. Over 160 publications written by him personally or with colleagues.