TRC

TRC Member List

The Turbomachinery Research Consortium is an organization of major turbomachinery developers and users who have joined with the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University to find answers to important questions about turbomachinery performance and reliability.

Consider: rotordynamic instability in the space shuttle’s main engine high-pressure turbopump delayed the shuttle development program by six months. And unreliability in the performance of multi-stage centrifugal compressors costs the natural gas industry millions of dollars a day in lost production. Better understanding of annular gas seals and squeeze-film dampers is crucial to the solution of both problems. And computational fluid dynamic developments that lead to development of improved impeller or seal designs are important to all turbomachinery users and manufacturers. This is why the Turbomachinery Research Consortium exists.

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.

TRC members choose the direction of TRC-funded research by Turbomachinery Laboratory engineers. They get advance access to the results of that research and to valuable turbomachinery-testing software developed for TRC members. TRC support also enhances undergraduate and graduate education in turbomachinery-related engineering at Texas A&M.

For more information contact:

Dara W. Childs, Director
Turbomachinery Laboratory
The Texas A&M University System
3254 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3254
Ph: 979-845-7417
Fx: 979-845-1835
Debbie Maggs, Program Coordinator
Turbomachinery Laboratory
The Texas A&M University System
3254 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3254
Ph: +1 979-862-7114
Fx: +1 979-845-1835

A note on Turbomachinery Laboratory research
TL faculty members have consistently achieved the goals of their research proposals. We do not, however, guarantee research deliverables in the TRC program.

If your project requires quick turnaround and has specific goals, you should pursue your research objectives through a research contract. Research contracts include 45 percent overhead. TEES does not charge overhead on Turbomachinery Research Consortium projects.