Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility at Ignition Park

Ground was broken in October 2014 for the University of Notre Dame’s new Turbomachinery Facility at Ignition Park in downtown South Bend.

The University and five public and private partners are behind the $36 million project that will be the nation’s foremost research and test facility for advancing the technology used in the massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants and the oil and gas industries.

Great Lakes Capital is initially constructing two buildings at the Ignition Park campus with a minimum guaranteed investment of $12 million, providing 86,000 square feet of space. The Turbomachinery Facility will occupy approximately 43,000 square feet of space and will be fully operational by July 2016.

In addition to the City of South Bend and Great Lakes Capital, Notre Dame’s partners in the Turbomachinery Facility include General Electric Co., the State of Indiana and Indiana Michigan Power.

Notre Dame’s current Turbomachinery Laboratory has worked with industry and government partners to advance gas turbine engine technologies since 2003. Center researchers focus on the design and operation of test facilities that simulate full-scale engine operating environments.

The new facility, which will feature five test bays for compressor and turbine rig testing, will take previous work to new heights by testing engine components at pressures and temperatures higher than any that exist at current U.S. university facilities. It also will be used to advance current working relationships with both government sponsors and all manufacturers of gas turbine engines.

ti-physics computations. We currently operate multiple experimental facilities, including rotating, high-speed compressor and turbine rigs, as well as linear and annular cascades.

The laboratory will expand in 2016 with the development of a 30,000 square-foot building at Ignition Park in downtown South Bend that will include multiple new rotating rigs in the 5-10MW range. These resources will be complemented with new, large-scale, dedicated computer clusters. This expansion has led to multiple new job openings in engineering, design, drafting, and technical computing.