The integration of graduate research in the training of engineering students has demonstrated a significant increase in learning efficiency, by giving them a practical experience with real industrial issues. The department of Energy and Propulsion of National Institute of Applied Sciences in Normandy, a French Engineering School, continues to implement the latest fully instrumented facilities in their field to initiate the students to inquiry-based education courses. In this type of education, they are carrying out a series of tests, learning how to handle equipment, control and monitor tests, extract results and ultimately analyze and present them in technical reports. This paper addresses how the Helicopter Annular Combustion Chamber test facility has been integrated in the Propulsion systems engineering course sequence. The Annular Combustion Chamber kindly provided by SAFRAN Helicopter Engines was progressively incorporated and instrumented in a dedicated test facility by the students themselves along the last 8 years. Now, this laboratory practical work offers the students the possibility to interactively learn about the operation of a combustion chamber inside a helicopter engine at various air/fuel flow rates. Students learn how to determine the limits of ignition/non-extinction as a function of the entry air-flow rate. In addition, this facility is equipped with high-level instrumentation that allows to measure the different flow rates, pressure, temperature inside and outside the annular chamber, and the pollutant emissions at the exit. Results provided by students help to build a comprehensive knowledge base of combustion phenomena inside a turbojet engine. It is to be mentioned that this educational facility is unique in its category, from the point of view of results accuracy, instrumentation level and realistic operating conditions.

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