The Mini Gas Turbine Power System is a self-contained jet engine laboratory featuring the purpose built SR-30 Turbojet engine. All aspects of gas turbine theory, fluids and thermodynamics are easily demonstrated and readily explored.
All engine systems are fully integrated in the MiniLab™ cabinetry. The MiniLab™ educational gas turbine lab is easily rolled to any convenient location. No dedicated test cell or facilities modifications are required. The time between uncrating and first run is measured in minutes. The included data acquisition system makes real-time engine data display and recording effortless.
Equipped with the OneTouch™ Auto Start System, virtually anyone can operate the MiniLab™. Start sequencing is completely automatic with all critical engine parameters monitored during operation. In the unlikely event of an engine fault, the OneTouch™ system will safely stop the engine and alert the operator to the problem. No specialized jet engine training is required to operate the MiniLab™.
CAD models & material properties are available. No other system offers actual electronic models for such activities like CFD/ FEA analysis, or velocity vector calculations.
On-Board Jet Engine Data Acquisition (Click to Enlarge)
The real-time plotting feature lets the operator plot any parameter on screen as it occurs to provide a clear sense of how the data is reacting to the actual system operating conditions. Operators can toggle between all the parameters to watch them graphically. Data logging functionality is conveniently controlled from the VI screen. All the jet engine power data can be observed and tracked through its full throttle range. System units can be changed with a simple click of the mouse. Feeding this interactive VI is data from the on-board National Instruments 6218 Data Acquisition System. That same data is also stored in computer for later retrieval and analysis and the VI code is even open for manipulation!
As the original engine manufacturer, Turbine Technologies, LTD offers unparalleled end-user support. In use at over 200 colleges, technical training and military installations worldwide. MiniLab™ is the proven leader in Gas Turbine Education.
Turbine Technologies' MiniLab™ is a world-class educational gas turbine lab. Designed to provide a rare educational experience, MiniLab™ offers students an extremely exciting opportunity- operation of a real jet engine!
MiniLab's™ true "stand-alone" design enables operation within 10 minutes of uncrating . As the original engine manufacturer, Turbine Technologies does not rely on the availability of surplus parts, or engines and is therefore able to offer first class customer support.
MiniLab's™ cabinet houses TTL's SR-30 engine and all necessary accessories- including fuel and oil tanks, pumps, motors, operator instrumentation, sensors, transducers and data acquisition hardware. On-screen data display and replay capability enable a new world of computational opportunities- ranging from high school basics to graduate level thermodynamics theory.
MiniLab ™ - turnkey, portable and affordable. In operation at schools worldwide for well over two decades.
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Experimental and research opportunities include scientific, engineering, thermodynamic and environmental investigations. With a wide array of sensors, experiments relating to secondary education physics and chemistry through graduate level fuels and combustion research are readily performed. Standard courses in engineering thermodynamics and fluid mechanics benefit from textbook direct examples conducted and measured in real time. The limitations of theoretical models and the variability of experimental technique can be experienced first hand. In addition to academics, the MiniLab™ is ideally suited for general gas turbine familiarization and jet engine operational training for aviation and military professionals.
Examples of Gas Turbine computations ~
With measured values of compressor inlet temperature and pressure, turbine inlet temperature and pressure, turbine exit temperature and pressure, fuel flow and inlet and exit areas, possible calculations include:
"MiniLab™ is an extremely exciting teaching tool… a one of a kind device for the demonstration and study of gas turbine power!"
Jed E. Marquart, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ohio Northern University