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Design and Off-Design Characteristics of the Alternative Recuperated Gas Turbine Cycle With Divided Turbine Expansion

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Sung Hoon Hwang, Soo Hyung Yoon, Tong Seop Kim

Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Paper No. GT2006-91311, pp. 459-468; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4239-8
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


In order to fully address the characteristics of the alternative recuperated cycle with divided turbine expansion, both the design and off-design analyses have been performed. Two types of mechanical design are assumed: two-shaft and single-shaft. In particular, optimal pressure ratio division between the high and low pressure turbines is evaluated for the single shaft configuration. It is predicted that the alternative recuperated cycle hardly exhibits sensible design efficiency advantage over the conventional recuperated cycle for moderate turbine inlet conditions and with usual component performances. An advantage of the alternative cycle with single shaft design is that thermal efficiency is less sensitive to compressor pressure ratio compared with other configurations and we can also have flexibility in the turbine division without much efficiency loss. The part load analyses have been carried out with the aid of realistic component maps and models for off-design operation. In addition to the general fuel only control, a variable speed control is assumed as the part load operating strategy of the single shaft configuration. Obvious advantage with the alternative cycle is observed in the variable speed operation of the single shaft design. With this strategy, the part load efficiency of the alternative cycle is far superior to the conventional cycle. Almost constant efficiency is predicted for a wide power range.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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