Development and Implementation of the National Test Facility (NaTeF) for Fuels and Propulsion
Final rept. 21 Oct 2009-21 Jul 2013
PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IN AEROSPACES SCIENCES LAB
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The primary goals of this program were to establish advanced practical fuels testing capabilities in the Aviation Technology Department at Purdue University. As the national effort to develop and implement alternative aviation fuels gained momentum, a need existed for additional turbine and piston engine test capabilities, including advanced data collection and exhaust emissions analysis equipment. The project funds were used to purchase an exhaust emissions analysis system for the existing Aviation Technology engine test cells, equipment to study the impact of fuels on aircraft materials, and the development of an engine data acquisition system. The University provided approximately 158K to support the building renovations and installation effort for the project. With these funds, significant floor space was committed and renovated for the NaTeF effort, including that necessary for the Materials Laboratory and a Piston Engine test cell. Two graduate students are utilizing the turbine engine exhaust emissions capabilities for their research, and results will be published when their work has concluded.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines