Cummins Turbo, university awarded funding for turbocharger research

  • 10-May-2010 02:57 EDT

Cummins Turbo Technologies, based in Huddersfield, England, and the University of Bradford have secured an investment by the European Union to support the development of next-generation test methods for turbochargers. The £1 million project, which represents a major technology collaborative business partnership between Cummins and the university, has attracted an award of £478,000 from the European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward. Cummins aims to improve the design process of its Holset turbochargers by developing the ability to measure and monitor the complex turbine blade vibration modes within a turbocharger during operation. This will allow accurate correlation of advanced simulation methods used to validate new designs. Initial investigations with the University of Bradford’s School of Engineering, Design, and Technology will focus on adapting existing methodology currently used in the aerospace industry with significant modifications required to reflect the higher speed and frequency domains encountered in turbocharger turbines, as well as addressing the challenge of measurement in the confined space available within the smaller components.

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