The GTRC will test for cleaner and more efficient ways of generating power for electricity supplies and aircraft by conducting research into efficient fuel use, alternative fuels and reduction of pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and fine exhaust particulates.
The centre consists of two large-scale combustion rigs donated by Qinetiq, which can test a wide variety of alternative fuels at high flowrate, temperature and pressure. A 3D cooled traversing probe and an optical quartz combustor with advanced laser systems will allow researchers to take detailed measurements of pollutant formation within the combustor, enabling assessment of prototype designs or combustion model predictions.
Work is already underway on research contracts at the facility. These include a £140,000 EU programme in association with Qinetiq and 20 other EU partners to test alternative liquids and the gaseous fuels produced from biomass and waste gases. Another industrially sponsored programme is studying the formation of environmental pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons within the combustor. The centre is now looking to carry out projects with other companies and organisations on a commercial basis.
Director of the Centre, Prof Phil Bowen of the
The cost of creating the new facility was supported by a £3.85m donation from an Objective 1 European Regional Development Fund, secured through the Welsh European Funding Office and £350,000 from the Welsh Assembly Government. The University also received around £600,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for