Ballaney About The Book This is perhaps the only comprehensive text book on Thermal Engineering in SI units covering wide range of topics in a single volume. The author who has life time experience of teaching the subject of Thermal Engineering would like highlight the main features of the book as follows: The book gives comprehensive and rigorous treatment of classical thermodynamics while retaining an engineering perspective to use the thermodynamics in the practice of engineering. This is amply illustrated by solved and unsolved problems on nozzles, turbines, compressors, and steam power plants with the basic concepts of First Law and Second Law of Thermodynamics. The Third Law of Thermodynamics has also been introduced substantially in the chapter on Combustion in the Appendix.
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There kinetic energy is converted work i. They are also used in conjunction with Steam Power Plants. The high temperature exhaust is used as a heat source for generating steam. Aircraft Propulsion: Gas turbine produces just enough power to drive a small generator and provide power to small auxiliary components. The high velocity exhaust gases provide the required thrust for aircraft propulsion. It can also be used as a closed loop cycle in Nuclear Power Plant.
Usually a gas with more desirable qualities like Helium is used as working fluid. Propulsion of Ships: Majority of the Naval fleets in the west use Gas-Turbine engines for propulsion and electricity generation. Some modern ships use gas turbine combined with diesel engines. Diesel provides efficient low-power and cruise operation, gas turbine is used when high speeds are needed.
Note: Ratio of compressor work to turbine work is called back work ratio. It is very high in gas turbines. Half of turbine work output is used to drive compressor. In contrast to steam turbine where back work ration is a few percent. That is why Gas power plant turbines are larger than those of steam power plants of same net power output. Keep tuned for more. We have a few posts left before this cycle is complete.
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