Faculty Advisor

Evans, Simon


The goal of this project was to design and fabricate a test stand for a miniature gas turbine. The requirements for this design were to include a system of sensors able to obtain data to perform a turbine cycle analysis using reasonable operational assumptions, in addition to providing safety measures adequate for a lab environment. The location for the engine's operation was determined to be the Fire Science Laboratory in the basement of Higgins Laboratories. An uncertainty analysis was performed to determine the accuracy required for all sensors purchased for the stand. LabVIEW was utilized to provide an easy to use interface to record the data collected by the sensors. Engine control was addressed and solutions were developed to be implemented in the future to simplify the operation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering