Location of START Lab at Penn State.
The START Lab at the Pennsylvania State University was founded in 2011. The focus of the lab includes the following:
To perform the research aligned with the lab’s focus, a number of test facilities have been developed including a modern test turbine with continuous operation; a test rig for evaluating microchannel coupons with novel cooling designs; and a new test rig for evaluating seals used in turbine applications that can simulate high pressures, temperatures, and periodic loading. The START turbine test facility extensively pushes the boundaries of current experimental capabilities for gas turbine research. No other facility in the United States is openly available for gas turbine research that so closely replicates engine realistic rotational effects at relevant blade Mach and Reynolds numbers with continuous flow operation.
START Lab facilities include two large compressors
capable of producing 25 lbm/s up to 70 psia.
The Pennsylvania State University
NARCO Building, CATO Park
3127 Research Drive
State College, PA 16801
Dr. Michael Barringer
3127 Research Drive, Room 145
Professor Karen A. Thole
3127 Research Drive, Room 147
Mr. Dave Johnson
3127 Research Drive, Room 144