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Notre Dame: South Korea construction giant to spend $2.5 million on compressor research, testing

Notre Dame University’s Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL) has signed a 19-month, $2.5 million deal with South Korea-based Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. to conduct compressor research and testing.

The university says the research in support of the development of a 300-megawatt class power generation gas turbine will take place at NDTL’s 10-megawatt compressor test cell, which is currently under construction. All design, analysis, fabrication and assembly work will take place at NDTL’s $36 million Ignition Park facility which opened in June in South Bend, Inside Indiana Business reports.

“The opportunity to work with a global leader like DHI is a testament to the unique research and testing capabilities of NDTL and the University as a whole,” said Joshua Cameron, director of NDTL. “With the world-class capabilities we are building, our facility will be able to support any manufacturer in research and development for the next generation of turbomachinery products.”

The university says the compressor test will “study aerodynamic phenomena that even the most powerful computers cannot simulate.” The compressor test cell construction is expected to be complete this fall.

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