Industrial research support is provided, in part, by the Turbomachinery Research Consortium (TRC).
2019 Annual TRC Meeting: May 14-16 | College Station, TX
TRC member company representatives attend the TRC annual meeting to review project proposals, tour the Turbo Lab facility and network with students, faculty and colleagues.
The TRC is an exclusive organization of major turbomachinery developers and users who have united with the Turbo Lab to find answers to important questions about turbomachinery performance and reliability through cutting-edge research. More than 35 industrial firms provide an annual membership fee of $25,000 to support a broad range of member-selected research projects.
TRC members have access to XLTRC2 , a suite of high-speed, experimentally verified and user-friendly codes for executing a complete lateral and torsional rotordynamic analysis of rotating machinery, including pumps, compressors and turbines. XLTRC2 is bundled with 25 or more examples of rotordynamic analysis, including rotors for compressors, pumps and gas turbines. Each model features distinctive bearing/seal support conditions and displays unique characteristics of rotordynamic behavior.
In addition to XLTRC2 software, TRC members now have access to XLTHBR®, a fast and accurate computational design tool for tilting pad thrust bearings. XLTHBR® facilitates rapid modeling of thrust bearings over a wide range of operating conditions, including surface speed, load and fluid types.
In addition to funding from the TRC, the Turbo Lab receives funding from grants and contracts from government agencies, the State of Texas and private companies. Funds provide continuing support for graduate research and education related to performance, rotordynamics, acoustics, seals, tribology, couplings, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, heat transfer, torsional vibrations, materials and finite element analysis.