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Homework Help: Gas turbine that uses pressurised air as a school project

  1. Sep 24, 2014 #1
    hello. I have to design and test a gas turbine that uses pressurised air as a project. however the problem is, I don't know where to start.
    can any one please help me?
    do I start with the blades or the housing?
    I have seen some videos on youtube, but this is a university project and I think its going to be more complicated. I might need to explain the blade angles ect.
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  3. Sep 24, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    Generally you should start by understanding what a gas turbine is and how it works.

    There is no set rule for what bit to design first - but once you start making design decisions you will be restricting your choices in other components. Learning about this is part of the point of this sort of project so we are very limited in what we can tell you in advance.

    Note: University projects do not have to be complicated ... but you should be able to relate what you are doing to some sort of coursework.
  4. Oct 1, 2014 #3
    thank you
    is it possible that you might know of any books or internet pages where I can get some info.
    like blade angles and why they are designed to have such an angle?
    I understand the basic principles of it e.g. the compressor, combustion chamber and turbine.
    but I cant find anything more than that. how it all actually works.
    I would be thankful if any one could help with this.

    My plan is to try to understand the theory of the 3 main parts and then try build one.
  5. Oct 1, 2014 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    Fine detail comes with a manual for a specific machine.
    The angle of the blades is just one design parameter and they are all related - different machines will have different angles.
    For your project you should experiment.
  6. Oct 2, 2014 #5
    so what you are saying is that the angles should be similar to the conventional turbine (steam turbine)?
    in other wards the pressure should be resultant forces acting on the blades. the pressure will be above and below the blades?

    so Gas turbines blades are designed in the same way?
    that is the problem, i am not sure if they are different or not.
  7. Oct 2, 2014 #6
    and also

    I want to work in a shipping industry or a power plant for my career.
    however the university I go to have made us choose 3 options for our final year subjects.
    I have chosen a thermo dynamics final year project.
    but I want to know, what would be better to get into this type of career?
    I have chosen
    • fluid and solids handling
    • materials
    but should I choose for the 3rd option, thermo dynamics or process imprudent techniques?

    I understand every one wants these kind of jobs and that they are hard to get into. but how can I have the advantage.

    or wont employers seem to care, as long as you have the degree? I live in UK.

    because they have to train you to become an engineer even with you degree
  8. Oct 2, 2014 #7

    Simon Bridge

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    No - I am saying prettt much the exact opposite: you should design your blade angle to suit the purpose you have in mind ... in your case: compressed air.
    Since it is a school project, the quickest way for you to get a decent design is to just experiment: make some blades and test them.

    Sounds odd. Which University, and which degree are you reading for?

    ... you mean as an engineer?

    The extent the degree detail matters will depend on the specifics. i.e. a nuclear power plant is likely to be a bit more fussy about the details than someone running the engines on a channel ferry. But this is an "academic advise" question - ask in that forum and you'll probably attract someone who knows the UK system well.
  9. Oct 6, 2014 #8
    I need to design a pressure measurement concept for the compressed air turbine. but I want to keep it simple.
    1 of the aims of this project is to get pressure readings.
    I was thinking of maybe getting a car tire pressure gauge to measure the pressure.
    I was going to add a pipe by the exhaust and seal the one end. and then attach the pressure gage there.
    could that work?
  10. Oct 6, 2014 #9
  11. Oct 6, 2014 #10
    that's pretty much my idea. the blue is a pipe with a valve on top.

    could this work in order to get some readings?
  12. Oct 25, 2014 #11
    Can any one help me by telling me how I can get some measurement of a STL File. I have to do a simulation on solidworks, but all that is given to me is a STL files. help please.
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