The cool engines that make aircraft fly!
9 May 2022, 17:00:00
How can we create so much power from a machine that it can lift itself and a few hundred people up in the air? How do aircraft get up in the sky and stay up? All the hard work is done by blades inside the engine to extract as much as energy as possible and the wings of the aircraft to keep it up. We make the best possible design and use the best possible materials. But that’s not the end of the story. Exactly because we get so much energy out of the engine, these blades get hot. Really hot! So we also need to keep them from melting. Join me and I’ll tell you all about the amazing technology that goes into aircraft engines!
My doctoral research in the Osney Thermofluids Lab in Oxford, UK, focused on the aerodynamic and heat transfer aspect of the interactions between the flow at the exit of the combustor and the first vane of the turbine. My approach was to combine computational modeling using CFD with experimental testing in a purpose-built high speed linear cascade. My diploma thesis in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, was conducted as part of a highly collaborative student project for the design and manufacture of a vehicle for the Formula SAE competition series. My research focused on the analysis of engine’s performance and the calibration of the engine control unit.