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Online Water Wash Tests of GE J85-13

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Elisabet Syverud, Lars E. Bakken

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. GT2005-68702, pp. 339-347; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2005: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2005
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 6–9, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4727-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3754-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper reports the results of a series of online water wash tests of a GE J85-13 jet engine at the test facilities of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The engine performance was deteriorated by injecting atomized saltwater at the engine inlet. Then the engine was online washed with water injected at three different droplet sizes (25, 75 and 200 μm) and at water-to-air ratios ranging from 0.4% to 3% by mass. Engine performance was measured using standard on-engine instrumentation. Extra temperature and pressure sensors in the compressor section provided additional information of the propagation of deposits in the aft stages. The measurements were supported by visual observations. The overall engine performance improved rapidly with online wash. The build-up of deposits in the aft stages was influenced both by the droplet size and the water-to-air ratio. The water-to-air ratio was the most important parameter to achieve effective online washing.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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