Relative Thermal Performance of Carbon Dioxide and Helium in Nuclear-Power Cycles PUBLIC ACCESS

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Frank E. Tippets

General Electric Company, San Jose, CA

Paper No. 59-GTP-14, pp. V001T01A014; 10 pages
  • ASME 1959 Gas Turbine Power Conference and Exhibit
  • ASME 1959 Gas Turbine Power Conference and Exhibit
  • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, March 8–11, 1959
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7996-2
  • Copyright © 1959 by ASME


Analytical comparison is made of the relative heat-transfer-area requirements of carbon dioxide and helium in nuclear-powered gas-turbine cycles and gas cooled reactor–steam turbine systems. Helium is shown to require considerably less heat-transfer area than carbon dioxide in equivalent direct gas-turbine cycles. However, conclusion as to which gas should be considered to have the better heat-transfer characteristics for use in gas cooled reactor–steam turbine systems is indefinite for it appears to depend on the basis of comparison used.

Copyright © 1959 by ASME
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