Gas turbine Technology
“It has been a fascinating 33 years in the world of micro-turbojets since Jerry Jackman made his first flight in 1983. The pace of the development seems to only be accelerating, not only in the jet propulsion industry but also power generation sectors. The next 20 years promise to bring even more excitement.” – Paul D Marsh
Cape Aerospace Technologies aspires to not only build high precision propulsion systems, but to also enrich and develop abilities in this specific industry. A key component in the Company is to establish and enable knowledge transfer between engineer, artisan and student. CAT makes use of the latest software packages to design and optimize their turbines.
Turbine Research & Development
Since 2009, a number of students have done research on micro gas turbines at the University of Stellenbosch gaining knowledge and insight into turbomachinery. The turbines and turbine related equipment used by the students are supplied by CAT. CAT is also responsible for gas turbine testing at the University of Stellenbosch.
The interest in micro gas turbines has grown considerably at the University of Stellenbosch. Research and development on gas turbine components have started in 2009 at the University of Stellenbosch and are continuing to grow in scope and knowledge. Some of the investigated components include the compressor, diffuser, combustion chamber, turbine nozzle guide vanes, turbine rotor, kero-start systems and high altitude relight capabilities.