Turbomachinery Aero-heat Transfer

Turbomachinery Aero-Heat Transfer Lab

The Department of Aerospace Engineering has a long history of conducting turbomachinery-related aerodynamics and heat transfer research since the 1960s. The laboratory's research focus is on experimental, analytical, and computational activities in the field of aerodynamics and thermal sciences.

The laboratory conducts research in aerodynamics and heat transfer areas related to the improvement of gas turbine performance, durability, and turbine cooling. Although special emphasis is placed on the new generation of air breathing propulsion systems, VTOL vehicle propulsion applications are also in the research domain of the laboratory.

Key Faculty: Cengiz Camci

Lab Features:

  • Single-stage "Axial Flow Turbine Research Facility" (AFTRF)
  • Convective heat transfer wind tunnel
  • High-speed linear turbine cascade with high subsonic flow ability  
  • A 22-inch diameter ducted-fan research setup for VTOL vehicle implementation

Other Research Support:

  • Aerodynamic probe design, production, and calibration ability
  • High-performance computing systems
  • A non-intrusive heat transfer measurement system using Thermographic Liquid Crystals (TLC)
  • Infrared Thermography
  • Planar and 3D-particle image velocimetry systems (PIV)
  • Various data acquisition systems

Past Research:

  • Laser Doppler Anemometers (LDA)
  • Pressure-sensitive paints
  • Aspirating probes
  • Multiple sensor hot-wire anemometry


The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569