Future Gas Turbine Package Designs (Freeform Wood Fiber Composites)

As a society, people and businesses are increasingly aware of the environment and are seeking products that have a sustainable future and a lower environmental impact. The gas turbine business is a mature business model that affects all aspects of society. This mature model has been focused on providing solutions based upon industrial materials that are not renewable or sustainable. An engineering feasibility study is proposed to conceptualize and recommend potential sustainable wood fiber based solutions for gas turbine package sub-components. 
A gas turbine package is comprised of two major scopes of supply. 
1. Core – The gas turbine (jet engine) that compresses air, burns fuel and creates hot air and power to drive heat systems and driven equipment. The core engine is NOT in the scope of this study.
2. Package – The package is made of many parts supporting the mounting, protection, operation and safety of the core.
The package in turn, is made up of multiple functional sub-components. Several of these sub-components have been selected for investigation into feasibility and potential advantages of re-design with wood-based structures. The selected package sub-components include :
1. Baseplate – The baseplate is the mounting component for the core and all the systems to operate the equipment. The baseplate holds the core in place, connects the Package to the foundation, contains all the systems (lubrication, fuel, fire & gas, controls and generator).
2. Enclosure – The enclosure protects the core and systems from weather, provides ventilation flow for cooling the core and gas dilution and provides noise attenuation.
3. Air Filter/Inlet Ducting System – The air filter contains the filter elements to provide clean air to the core and ventilation system. The inlet ducting provides an inlet plenum to direct motive air into the gas turbine. It generally houses an acoustic silencer as well. 

The engineering feasibility study is to provide evidence that these package components can be redesigned, substituted or integrated together in a cost-effective way by designing with engineered wood products instead of steel, concrete or other carbon intensive materials. In addition to the basic material costs, ease of manufacture, ease of transport, weight reduction and reduction in non-recurring engineering costs will influence the total solution cost.

Connaissances requises

* Interest and preliminary experience in materials science (wood/composites) & advanced manufacturing / Intérêt et expérience préliminaire en science des matériaux (bois / composites) et fabrication avancée
* Interest in industrial collaboration projects (project management)/ Intérêt pour les projets de collaboration industrielle

Programme d'études visé

Maîtrise avec mémoire

Domaines de recherche

Aérospatiale, Énergie, Environnement, Infrastructures et milieux bâtis, Matériaux et fabrication


An attractive bursary (2 yrs) is available /
Une bourse pertinente est disponible (renseignements: Prof. Hof)

Autres informations

Langue de travail : Francais ou Anglais
Starting date flexible / date de début flexible : 2021-05-27
Partner involved / partenaire impliqué : Siemens Energy

Co-superviseure: Professeure Nicole Demarquette, Département de génie mécanique 

Personne à contacter

Lucas Hof | lucas.hof@etsmtl.ca