Nicole Key

Nicole Key (By Courtesy)

Professor Of Mechanical Engineering


  • B.S., Purdue, '00
  • M.S.E., Purdue, '02
  • Ph.D., Purdue, '07


School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Office: ZUCR 126, ME 2149
Office Phone: (765) 494-2333


  • Aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery
  • Axial and radial compressor performance
  • Experimental methods in fluid mechanics

Research Areas


S. Fleeter, P. Lawless, and N. Key, "Rotor-Generated Vane Row Off-Design Unsteady Aerodynamics Including Dynamic Stall, Part I," Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 20, No. 5, 2004, pp. 835-841.

N. Key, T. Arts, "Comparison of Turbine Tip Leakage Flow for Flat Tip and Squealer Tip Geometries at High-Speed Conditions," Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 128, No. 2, April 2006, pp. 213-220.

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Invited Lectures

Y. Choi, N. Key, and S. Fleeter, "Vane Clocking Effects on the Resonant Response of an Embedded Rotor," AIAA-2008-4793, 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Hartford, CT, July 21-23, 2008.

N. Key, P. Lawless, and S. Fleeter, "Vane Clocking in a Three-Stage Compressor—Frequency Domain Data Analysis," AIAA 2007-5060, 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit, Cincinnati, OH, July 8-11, 2007.

N. Key, P. Lawless, and S. Fleeter, "Rotor Wake Variability in a Multistage Compressor," AIAA-2007-19, 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, January 8-11, 2007.