TECHNICAL PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Cycle Innovations

The Ubiquitous Personal Turbine—A Power Vision for the 21st Century

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C. F. McDonald

McDonald Thermal Engineering, 1730 Castellana Road, La Jolla, CA 92037e-mail: kmcdona1@san.rr.com

C. Rodgers

ITC, 3010 N. Arroyo Drive, San Diego, CA 92103e-mail: crodgers@4dcomm.com

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 124(4), 835-844 (Sep 24, 2002) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1473826 History: Received December 01, 2000; Revised March 01, 2001; Online September 24, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by ASME
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Capstone 30-kW microturbine (courtesy Capstone Turbine Corp.)
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Micro gas turbine (2.6 kW) (courtesy Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.)
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Performance array for 5-kW personal turbine
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Impact of recuperator effectiveness on thermal efficiency
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Part-load characteristics
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5-kW personal turbine (PT) design concept
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Automobile turbocharger rotor (courtesy Honeywell)
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Small primary-surface annular recuperator (courtesy Turbulence Tubes)
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Major turbogenerator components
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Cost breakdown for 5-kW PT
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-Alternate 5-kW personal turbine design concept with rear-mounted recuperator and can combustor
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Turbocharger-based 5-kW PT design concept
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Compact waste heat recovery exchanger (courtesy Cain Industries)




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