Advances in Gas Turbine Technology and the Digital Computer PUBLIC ACCESS

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Melvin Platt

Northern Research and Engineering Corporation

Paper No. 96-GT-439, pp. V005T16A017; 6 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; General
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7876-7
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


Recent advances in gas turbine technology from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to concurrent engineering are identified and discussed. These advances are placed in a historical context. Parallels are drawn between advances in gas turbine technology and digital computers. The advent of high-speed digital computers in the late 50s, followed by interactive operation and display graphics in the 70s. and orders-of-magnitude increases in affordable processing speed more recently, have each enabled key technologies for the gas turbine. Examples of such key technologies are given and their evolution is considered. Further, the impact of that technology on gas turbine development is discussed. Those perspectives provide a more coherent image of technology advancement, and thus a greater ability to identify new and future advances that will effect the evolution of gas turbines. The paper concludes with a look into the near future of gas turbine technology.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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