Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Identification of Optimal Architecture for Efficient Simple-Cycle Gas Turbine Engines

[+] Author Affiliations
Sankaran Ramakrishnan, Christopher F. Edwards

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Kwee-Yan Teh

Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA

Paper No. IMECE2009-10704, pp. 539-548; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Emerging Technologies: Alternative Energy Systems; Energy Systems: Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4379-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Increasing efficiency of gas turbine engines by way of irreversibility minimization has been the underlying objective in the development of a variety of simple, regenerative, and combined cycles. The approach thus far has been to conceptualize new cycles, or choose existing cycles, perform exergy analyses, and make modifications to minimize irreversibility. In this paper we take a fundamentally different approach by developing a thermodynamic framework that defines the principles governing the minimization of irreversibility and uses these principles to deduce an optimal architecture for simple-cycle gas turbine engines. No engine cycle/design is assumed in the beginning. The benefit of this approach is two-fold. First, it explains the factors affecting irreversibility in gas turbine engines. Second, it defines an optimal architecture for simple-cycle engines based on the chosen constraints (e.g., polytropic efficiency of compression and expansion processes, blade temperature limits, etc.) having an efficiency greater than any preconceived cycle/architecture with the same constraints.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Gas turbines , Cycles



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In