Company

OTurb is a spin-off from the Laboratory for Applied Mechanical Design (LAMD) which is based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and part of the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

OTurb’s area of expertise is:

    • Dynamic gas film bearings (efficient and clean)
      • Foil journal and thrust bearings
      • Herringbone-grooved journal and spiral-grooved thrust bearings
    • High-speed rotor design
      • Rotors between 1e6 to 3e6 mmrpm (rotational speed in rpm times the rotor diameter in mm) successfully tested
      • Rotordynamics
      • Rotor mechanical integrity
      • Rotor thermal analysis
    • High-speed rotor balancing
    • Small-scale turbomachinery design
      • Compressors, blowers, and fans
      • Turbines
      • Turbochargers
    • Integrated system simulation (including detailed turbomachinery and bearing modeling)
      • Heat pump cycles
      • Fuel cell systems
      • (Organic) Rankine cycles
    • Experimental realization of components or systems (prototyping)
    • Assistance for series production

OTurb’s services:

    • Consulting
    • Design and CAD
    • Manufacturing (contacts to leading high-precision manufacturing partners)
    • Prototyping
    • Products:
      • Steam-driven recirculation fan, the fan-turbine unit (FTU), for fuel cell applications
      • Domestic-scale heat pump