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Performance and Emission Characteristics of a Small Scale Gas Turbine Engine Fueled With Propanol/Jet A Blends

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Carlos J. Mendez, Ramkumar N. Parthasarathy, Subramanyam R. Gollahalli

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Paper No. IMECE2011-63623, pp. 1359-1370; 12 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Combustion Science and Engineering; Nanoengineering for Energy, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5490-7
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Alcohols serve as an alternate energy resource to the conventional petroleum-based fuels. The objective of this study was to document the performance and emission characteristics of blends of n-propanol and Jet A fuel in a small-scale gas turbine engine. The experiments were conducted in a 30kW gas turbine engine with a single-stage centrifugal flow compressor, annular combustion chamber and a single-stage axial flow turbine. In addition to neat propanol and Jet A fuel, three blends, with 25%, 50% and 75% of propanol by volume, were used as the fuels. The thrust, thrust-specific fuel consumption, and the concentrations of CO and NOx in the exhaust were measured and compared with those measured with Jet A fuel. The engine was operated at the same throttle settings with all the fuels. The operational range of engine rotational speed was shifted downwards with the addition of propanol due to its lower heating value. The thrust specific fuel consumption increased with the addition of propanol, while the CO emission index increased and NOx emission index decreased.

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