The Evolution of Marine Gas Turbine Controls FREE

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R. A. Sylvestre

National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa, ON, Canada

R. J. Dupuis

GasTOPS Limited, Gloucester, ON, Canada

Paper No. 89-GT-204, pp. V002T03A005; 8 pages
  • ASME 1989 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 4–8, 1989
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7914-6
  • Copyright © 1989 by ASME


The background and evolution of gas turbine fuel controls is examined in this paper from a Naval perspective.

The initial application of aero-derivative gas turbines to Navy ships utilized the engine’s existing aircraft fuel controls which were coupled to the ship’s hydro-pneumatic machinery control system. These engines were adapted to naval requirements by including engine specific functions.

The evolution of naval gas turbine controllers first to analog electronic, and more recently to distributed digital controls, has increased the system complexity and added a number of levels of machinery protection. The design of a specific electronic control module is used to illustrate the current state of the technology.

The paper concludes with a discussion of the further need to address the issues of fuel handling, metering and control in Navy ships with particular emphasis on integration in the marine environment.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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