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Advances in Engine Test Capabilities at the NASA Glenn Research Center’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory

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Peter M. Pachlhofer, Joseph W. Panek

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Dennis J. Dicki, Barry R. Piendl, Paul J. Lizanich

QSS Group, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Gary A. Klann

U.S. Army Aviations Systems Command, Cleveland, OH

Paper No. GT2006-90181, pp. 101-108; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4237-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The Propulsion Systems Laboratory at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center is one of the premier U.S. facilities for research on advanced aeropropulsion systems. The facility can simulate a wide range of altitude and Mach number conditions while supplying the aeropropulsion system with all the support services necessary to operate at those conditions. Test data are recorded on a combination of steady-state and high-speed data-acquisition systems. Recently a number of upgrades were made to the facility to meet demanding new requirements for the latest aeropropulsion concepts and to improve operational efficiency. Improvements were made to data-acquisition systems, facility and engine-control systems, test-condition simulation systems, video capture and display capabilities, and personnel training procedures. This paper discusses the facility’s capabilities, recent upgrades, and planned future improvements.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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