Fibre-Laser Imaging of Gas Turbine Exhaust Species

  • Tsekenis, Alex (Researcher)
  • Mccann, Hugh (Principal Investigator)
  • Fisher, Edward (Researcher)

Project Details

Description

We aim to establish a world-leading capability in the measurement and imaging of molecular and particulate species in gas turbine aero-engine exhausts. The FLITES will break new ground in the fundamental engineering knowledge base of measurement and imaging in the extreme environment of the turbine exhaust plume. It will enhance turbine-related R&D capacity in both academia and industry by opening up access to exhaust plume chemistry with penetrating spatio-temporal resolution. It will underpin a new phase of low-net-carbon development that is underway in aviation, based on bio-derived fuels, and which entails extensive R&D in turbine engineering, turbine combustion, and fuel product formulation.

Layman's description

The FLITES consortium aims to enhance turbine-related R&D capacity in both academia and industry by opening up access to exhaust plume chemistry with penetrating spatio-temporal resolution. This will underpin a new phase of low-net-carbon development that is already underway in aviation, based on bio-derived fuels, entailing extensive R&D in turbine engineering and combustion, and fuel product formulation.
The project is a £2.8m commitment over 4 years by the Universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, Southampton and Strathclyde, blue-chip companies Rolls-Royce and Shell, SMEs Covesion, Fianium and OptoSci, and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It started in May 2012.
FLITES brings together and builds upon the expertise of the UK’s world-leading academic groups in chemical species tomography (Manchester and Edinburgh), fibre-lasers (Southampton), and gas-detection opto-electronics (Strathclyde), and marries those to its industrial strengths in aero-engine manufacture and aviation fuel technology.
AcronymFLITES
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/05/12 → …

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