A Parametric Starting Study of an Axial-Centrifugal Gas Turbine Engine Using a One-Dimensional Dynamic Engine Model and Comparisons to Experimental Results: Part 1 — Model Development and Facility Description PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
A. Karl Owen, Anne Daugherty

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Doug Garrard

Sverdrup Technology, Inc. / AEDC Group, Arnold AFB, TN

Howard C. Reynolds, Richard D. Wright

General Electric Corporation, Lynn, MA

Paper No. 98-GT-470, pp. V002T02A011; 8 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7863-7
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


A generic one-dimensional gas turbine engine model, developed at the Arnold Engineering Development Center, has been configured to represent the gas generator of a General Electric axial-centrifugal gas turbine engine in the six kg/sec airflow class. The model was calibrated against experimental test results for a variety of initial conditions to insure that the model accurately represented the engine over the range of test conditions of interest. These conditions included both assisted (with a starter motor) and unassisted (altitude windmill) starts. The model was then exercised to study a variety of engine configuration modifications designed to improve its starting characteristics and thus quantify potential starting improvements for the next generation of gas turbine engines. This paper discusses the model development and describes the test facilities used to obtain the calibration data. The test matrix for the ground level testing is also presented. A companion paper presents the model calibration results and the results of the trade-off study.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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