AUTH is today the largest university in Greece. Research is developed in all fields of theoretical and applied science. The research activities of the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics & Turbomachinery (LFMT) / Dept. of Mech. Eng. include: flow/heat transfer measurements/computations on heat exchangers, experimental and computational investigation of transitional flows and flows around wings and blades, development of turbulence models. Since 1998, LFMT has developed a specific interest for the research on recuperative aero engines, focusing mainly on the heat efficiency of the recuperators and on the pressure drop imposed by the recuperators. LFMT has articipated in European and National research and development programmes, the majority of them related to the European aeronautical and turbomachinery industry.
AUTH focuses on the optimisation of the recuperator heat exchanger, regarding its thermal efficiency and pressure. AUTH investigates and quantifies also the 3D loss-effects generated by the installation of the heat exchangers in the hot nozzle. A new configuration for the hot nozzle is being derived in order to have minimum flow losses and a balanced mass flow distribution through the heat exchangers.