University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Lab

The nation's largest university turbomachinery lab was constructed on the site of Studebaker Motor Company in South Bend, IN.


South Bend, IN


Central Energy & Utilities



The University of Notre Dame commissioned KFI Engineers to design the entire mechanical and electrical power distribution system for their new turbomachinery laboratory.


  • New 10MVA substation, relay protection and 6MVA of regenerative braking from test cell turbines to be paralleled back into the medium voltage bus
  • 15,900 HP of compressors and vacuum pumps, with custom-designed ductwork, silencers and safety features to accommodate mach 0.3, vacuums approaching 4 psia, and capable of moving over 40 lbm/s of air
  • Closed-circuit, 3600-ton mechanical cooling system
  • Compressed air temperatures of up to 1200°F
  • Procurement of all major electrical gear and mechanical equipment
  • Design of cooling plant station control system
  • Complete process project management and scheduling


This research turbomachinery testing facility advances the technology of large gas turbines used in aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry applications.

Key Contacts:
Mark Zimmerman, PE
Vice President, Industry and Infrastructure
Zach Verbick, PE
Director, Utilities and Central Energy
David Jansa
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Services Provided:
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Utility Generation & Distribution

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