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With over 60 test rigs, most aspects of engine development can be studied in the Engine Research Building (ERB).

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UEET Proof of Concept Compressor, W-7 bearing housing shaft, simulated rotor wire guide hardware UEET W-7 2-Stage Proof of Concept Compressor - Blade Tip Clearance Sensor Calibration
Compressor Test Facilities
The facilities listed below are located in the Engine Research Building (ERB). They provide fundamental and applied research to advance compressor and turbine component technology for aeronautical gas turbine engines.
  • W-1A - Low Speed Compressor Facility
  • W-7 - Multistage Compressor Facility
  • W-8 - Single-Stage Axial Compressor Facility
  • CE-18 - Small Engine Components Compressor Test Facility

The chart below shows the facility names across the top row and the various operating parameters along the left-hand column. For more information, please visit the ERB site pages.

  W-1A W-7 W-8 CE-18
Inlet Air Pressure
Atmospheric Atm to
20 psig
5-20 psia Atm to
40 psig
Inet Air Temp. Ambient -30° - 100°F Ambient -20 to
Ambient
Inlet
Airflow
(lb/s)
66/32 95 100 max 60 max
Atmos.
Exhaust
(psid)
.8
(blowers)
.8
(blowers)
.8
(blowers)
14.7
Altitude
Exhaust
(in. Hg)
20-26 26 26 20-26
Rotor
Speed
(r/min)
1920/1050 18,700 20,600
max
60,000
max
Rotor
Size
(in.)
60/48 20-22 22 max 8-20
Drive
Motor
(hp)
1,500 15,000 7,000 max 6,000
 
 
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Last Updated: December 12, 2011