The University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) program is targeted at investigating scientific and engineering principles governing the design and operation of gas turbines in support of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management's Advanced Turbines Program goals. Current technical areas of interest include combustion, aerodynamics, heat transfer, materials, technology development for supercritical carbon dioxide-based power cycles, and oxy-fuel combustion turbine-based systems and technology. Fundamental R&D to support these areas of interest is well-suited for the university community.
The UTSR program has two primary goals. One is to produce results that resolve technical issues associated with DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Advanced Turbines Program and the other is to maintain and enhance university-based turbine engineering capabilities in the United States. These two UTSR Program goals will continue to be realized through the involvement of professors and students in research and development on advanced turbine technical issues, while enhancing the education of future scientists and engineers in the United States.
In addition to involving students through relevant fundamental R&D at colleges and universities, the UTSR program offers a Gas Turbine Industrial Fellowship sponsored and funded by gas turbine manufacturers. This fellowship brings highly trained student researchers from the university to industrial gas turbine manufacturing environments. The UTSR Fellowship experience often results in the employment of highly trained professionals in the gas turbine industry working to continue the advancement of gas turbine technology.