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A Reevaluation of the Holzwarth Gas Turbine Cycle for Use in Small Power Plants

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Osvaldo José Venturini, Sebastião Varella

Escola Federal de Engenharia de Itajubá - EFEI, Itajubá, MG, Brazil

Paper No. 2001-GT-0547, pp. V001T04A006; 6 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Turbomachinery; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7850-7
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


The purpose of this work is to analyze a gas turbine working under a cycle similar to the one proposed, by the Dr. Holtzwarth, at the beginning of the last century, showing its potentiality, mainly when applied to small power turbines. The method for analysis is based in the quasi-steady thermodynamic equilibrium principle, where the effects of the pressure and temperature variation, due to the intermittent combustion, are considered. Conclusions are presented considering the increase of the thermal efficiency and the available specific work, resulting from the constant volume combustion, when compared with those of a turbine operating under constant pressure combustion (Brayton Cycle). These results are obtained using actual curves of operation for the compressor and the turbine and, as well as, the “matching” of them.

Copyright © 2001 by ASME



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