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Glenn Research Center

Laboratory Information:

Glenn Research Center
MS 4-2
21000 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135-3191
Website: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/home/index.html
Technology Transfer Website: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/business/index.html
Agency/Department: NASA
Region: Midwest

FLC Laboratory Representative:

Kimberly Dalgleish
Phone: (216) 433-8047
Fax: (216) 433-5012
Email: Kimberly.a.dalgleish@nasa.gov

Background/History of the Laboratory:

The Glenn Research Center investigates space operations, aerospace technology and technologies needed for space exploration such as power, propulsion, communications, fluids and combustion, materials, structures, mechanical components, and instrumentation and controls.  Research is conducted that advances both aeronautics and space including power and energy-conversion systems; aircraft, space, and planetary communications; high temperature propulsion materials; propulsion structures; mechanisms and mechanical systems; and tribology and surface science.  Research and development work related to space exploration is performed in the areas of in-space propulsion and nuclear systems; fluids combustion and reacting subsystems, including gravity dependence; systems integration and analysis; human research; and microgravity science. Aerospace technology focuses on advanced turbine engine propulsion and power systems; turbine engine noise reduction; propulsion control and engine health management; instrumentation systems; avionics; aircraft icing research; modeling and simulation; and alternative fuel systems. 

Mission of the Laboratory:

The Glenn Research Center's mission is to work as a diverse team in partnership with government, industry, and academia to increase national wealth, safety, and security, protect the environment, and explore the universe. Glenn develops and transfers critical technologies that address national priorities through research, technology development, and systems development for safe and reliable aeronautics, aerospace, and space applications.

Technology Transfer Mechanisms:

  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
  • Technology Co-development

Technology Areas of Expertise:

  • Advanced turbine engines
  • Structures research
  • Biotechnology/biomedical research
  • Combustion Science
  • satellite communications
  • Advanced computing
  • Fluid physics
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transport
  • Sensors and instrumentation
  • Materials research
  • Advanced aerospace propulsion systems
  • Space lubrication
  • Space mechanisms
  • Space applications
  • Power research
  • Propulsion systems
  • Near-zero emissions
  • Space propulsion concepts
  • Electric propulsion
  • Ion thrusters
  • Aircraft development
  • Turbomachinery