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Refinement of Water Droplets With Surfactants for Wet Compression of Gas Turbine

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Rongkai Zhu, Qun Zheng, Guoqiang Yue

Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, China

Rakesh Bhargava

Foster Wheeler USA Corp., Houston, TX

Paper No. GT2009-59738, pp. 631-637; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2009: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Marine
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 8–12, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4885-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3849-5
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Concerned with the influence of the size of water droplets on the effect of wet compression, it is important to control the size of water droplets among 5–10 microns or smaller, for this purpose an experimental work is carried out by improve the surface behavior of water aiming to reduce its surface tension. Non-ionic surfactants and its combination were employed to reach such an aim. The surface tension of water was reduced from 72.9mN/m to 41.2mN/m or even lower depending on the cost. It offers a possible way to refine spray, and ready to use in wet compression process.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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