Turbine Design, Build and Test.

This project was the design, build and test of a turbine for energy recovery applications in natural gas pipelines used for domestic consumption.

The supply pressure is controlled by valve systems which lose energy, so using a turbine in the pipe to recover the lost energy would be beneficial.

 

 With thanks to our supervisors Dr Nicholls and Dr Dempster, the University workshop and the DMEM department.

Group H

Turbine Design

Click here to read about how the turbine was designed

Turbine Testing

Click here to read about the design of the final test-rig

Follow our Progress

We kept an online diary.

First Physical Test

Today the team attempted the first test of the turbine test rig. Unfortunately, we were unable to record any results. The main issue lay with the 3D printed components. There was a large variation in their quality meaning that the rotor did not fit into the stator...

The 1st Prototype – Hot Off the Press

Our first turbine prototype has been printed, and they look beautiful! The smaller component is the rotor, which was printed in high precision VeroBlack because the power production capability is highly dependent on the intricacies of the design. The large component...

Meet the Team

Each team member provided a unique set of skills and everyone worked hard to ensure the project success.

Hannah Hughes

Hannah Hughes

Project Manager

Sub Team:

Test Rig Design

Lachlan Dalgleish

Lachlan Dalgleish

CFD

Sub Team:

Analysis

Rachel Dorrington

Rachel Dorrington

Numerical Analyst

Sub Team:

Analysis 

Finlay Smith

Finlay Smith

CAD

Sub Team:

Test Rig Design

Gregor Fotheringham

Gregor Fotheringham

FEA

Sub Team:

Analysis