As part of RR/EPSRC research grant (EP/L015196/1) we have recently re-built the facility, featuring a new dump tank, all new control system and high pressure reservoirs. This required pump tube NDT inspection and certification to comply with modern standards.
The facility is being used to study tip and rim sealing leakage flows as well as disc cavity flows and heat transfer.
The facility at the start of the rebuild
The rebuilt design