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How can the efficiency of gas turbines be increased? Researchers from TUM and GE are investigating the question using this compressor testing station. (Image: GE)
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TUM and GE Global Research intensify research partnershipNew laboratory for gas turbine technology

After ten years of successful collaboration at the Garching Campus the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and GE Global Research have concluded a new frame agreement that intensifies their research partnership. The partners' next joint project will be setting up a worldwide-unique laboratory for the development of new gas turbine technologies. The State of Bavaria is contributing to the total financing amount of approximately 13 million Euros.

Ever since GE Global Research Europe decided to locate at the Garching Campus ten years ago, the research and development center has been an important partner to TUM in the core research fields energy, mobility and health. The partnership includes among other things the area turbines and compressors, carbon composites and medical technologies. Now the partners intend to further expand their collaboration and have signed a new frame agreement as the legal basis for a large number of research projects.

The laboratory, which has already been planned, is based on the jointly operated centrifugal compressor testing station. In recent years the testing station has successfully optimized gas compression, an important factor in increasing the efficiency of gas turbines. In the future the researchers will also be able to test axial compressors and thus will focus on the entire spectrum of high-speed compressors, used for example in flight propulsion systems, power generation and in the oil and gas industry. Here they plan to research the interaction of several components in gas compression. This multi-disciplinary orientation and variability make the project unique.

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