The Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL) at Embry-Riddle supports computational and experimental research in the aero-thermal sciences applied to power and propulsion systems.

Research areas include:

  • Turbomachinery aerodynamics
  • Thermodynamic modeling
  • Gas turbine performance
  • Heat transfer and thermal management
  • Supercritical fluid dynamics
  • Distributed propulsion

Students and research staff at the GTL also have experience working with aerospace corporations and privately owned companies, and assist with Intellectual Property development.


  • Shock tubes
  • Cascade rigs
  • High-response pressure transducers (PCB)
  • Temperature and pressure sensitive paint system
  • Pitot tubes
  • Thermocouple arrays
  • Various data collection equipment, such as DAQ boards and oscilloscopes
  • Temperature/pressure sensitive paint system
  • Acrylic internal channels: Pin Fin, Impingement, Ribbed, Smooth
  • External impingement nozzle (variable angle and height; local and average data)
  • High-performance workstations
  • ERAU COE High-Performance Computer Cluster access
  • Experience and access to various commercial software: Star-CCM+, Optimate+, ANSYS CFX, COMSOL, MATLAB, PYTHON, NPSS and proprietary codes

In addition, the GTL is home to several engines used for instruction of propulsion engineering students: GE TF-34, Garrett TPF 351-20, P&W JT8-15D and GE CF6-6.

Lab Information

Location: LB 177

Lab Director: Mark Ricklick

Research Group: Propulsion and Turbomachinery Performance Group

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email