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Development and Testing of a Low Power Gas Turbine Alternator: The ACL-GTA

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Ian Timbrell, Neil McCallum

Ministry of Defence, Bristol, England

Jean-Luc Thouvenot, Vincent Poumarède

Turbomeca, Bordes Cedex, France

Paper No. GT2006-90914, pp. 109-115; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2006-90914
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 5: Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery; Oil and Gas Applications; Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4240-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by British Crown/MoD

abstract

In 2000 the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a contract on Turbomeca Limited to develop a 1.8 MW advanced cycle gas turbine alternator that could compete directly with comparable diesel generators in terms of performance and cost. The Advanced Cycle Low power Gas Turbine Alternator (ACL GTA) has been designed with simplicity in mind and utilises a revolutionary high-speed alternator and heat recuperator to realise the project aspirations. Development and evaluation testing commenced on this engine in 2004 at Turbomeca’s facility in Pau. This paper will provide a brief overview of the design of the complete gas turbine alternator concentrating on innovative characteristics. It will then continue by presenting in detail the component testing and data obtained followed by system testing results of the gas turbine and gas turbine alternator. Conclusions will be drawn detailing the benefits and suitability of this novel gas turbine alternator within modern Naval platforms and some comparisons with in-service diesel generators.

Copyright © 2006 by British Crown/MoD

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