Economics of Heavy Fuels in Gas Turbines and Combined Cycles FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
L. O. Tomlinson, R. K. Nh

General Electric Co., Schenectady, NY

Paper No. 81-GT-45, pp. V002T06A010; 11 pages
  • ASME 1981 International Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • Volume 2: Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Combustion and Fuels; Oil and Gas Applications; Cycle Innovations
  • Houston, Texas, USA, March 9–12, 1981
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7962-7
  • Copyright © 1981 by ASME


Operating experience has established the ability of gas turbines and combined cycles to utilize heavy fuel oils for power generation economically and reliably. The technical factors related to operation of gas turbines on heavy oils are discussed and installation and operating costs are developed for each of these factors for economic evaluation. Factors influencing heavy oil use include fuel specifications and treatment to prevent corrosion of hot parts, the effects of ash deposition on turbine nozzles and buckets and on boiler heat transfer surface, turbine and boiler cleaning techniques and their use for maintaining capability, and downtime for cleaning.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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