Turbo Lab hosts annual research consortium meeting

May 21, 2014
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, hosted the 34th annual Turbomachinery Research Consortium (TRC) meeting this week at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station, Texas.

During the annual meeting, researchers, staff and students from the Turbo Lab and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University present research reports and proposals. Based on these presentations, TRC members choose the direction of TRC-funded research. They get advance access to the results of that research and to valuable turbomachinery-testing software developed for TRC members. Through this support TRC enhances undergraduate and graduate education in turbomachinery-related engineering at Texas A&M. During the 2013-2014 school year, TRC membership dues funded 19 research projects and are expected to fund the same for 2014-2015. Project funding includes support for one graduate research student per project.

TRC is an organization of major turbomachinery developers and users who have joined with the Turbo Lab to find answers to important questions about turbomachinery performance and reliability.

The consortium was organized in 1981 to provide a framework for turbomachinery developers and users to combine to support research into important research questions that affect their businesses. Acting together, its members support research into problems of internal flow (fluid mechanics, heat transfer, gas dynamics) and structural reliability (materials, structures, vibrations) -- that affect turbomachinery performance and efficiency. There are currently more than 40 member companies that make up TRC.

For more information on TRC or other Turbomachinery Laboratory events, visitturbolab.tamu.edu.

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