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Aerospace Gas Turbine Aero Design Text

  1. Aug 26, 2010 #1


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    Hello gas turbine peeps,

    I'm going to be starting a new position doing Aero CFD for a power generation gas turbine company. While I have a good amount of theoretical and academic knowledge of CFD in general, my practical application experience is limited.

    I was hoping to do a little light reading on aero design of these things in the next few weeks before I show up. I have seen this guy:

    but not sure if there are any others that are referred to as "bibles" of the field. If anyone has any other thoughts, I'd appreciate it. Thanks,
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  3. Aug 26, 2010 #2
    Well, my only thought is that any time a textbook is over $100, it's either pretty good or extremely overrated.

    As a guide, if they're not discussing both intercooling and recuperation, they're behind the times. Ideally, a turbine will develop both infinate pressure as well as exit temps equaling inlet temps. Practically, that's just a tad difficult, as things are close to melting during the compressor/combustor stages.

    This is of course for jet engines. For steam turbines (you did mention "power generation" did you not?) things are a bit different, unless by "gas turbine" you mean a turbine fueled by natural gas.

    As for a "little light reading," you might wish to aquaint yourself with GE's series of power generation gas turines. Their H-series is rather formidible, and enjoys 480 megawatts of supercomputing power (actually power production) which went into its design. More http://gepower.com/prod_serv/products/gas_turbines_cc/en/h_system/index.htm" [Broken].

    By the way, this is neither a small nor inexpensive unit. It's output far exceeds that of any jet engine. 480 MW is roughly equivalent to well over half a million horsepower.
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