Initial Evaluation of a Coal Burning Turbine Powered Vehicle System PUBLIC ACCESS

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Richard J. Stettler, Albert H. Bell, III, Everett W. Shows

General Motors Advanced Product and Manufacturing Engineering Staff, Warren, MI

Paper No. 83-GT-183, pp. V002T04A004; 7 pages
  • ASME 1983 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 2: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 27–31, 1983
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7952-8
  • Copyright © 1983 by ASME


The conversion of coal to a useful transportation fuel results in low energy conversions if processed to liquid fuels. The approach to improve the energy conversion of coal to a transportation fuel by using it in its solid state was explored. An Eldorado vehicle with a gas turbine installed was used to demonstrate the feasibility of using coal in its solid state if cleaned and micronized. The mobile unit required storage on board the vehicle for micronized coal, a pumping system to deliver the coal to the engine, a modified fuel injector and a modified combustor to efficiently burn the solid fuel.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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