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A Micro Gas Turbine Based Test Rig for Educational Purposes

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Mario L. Ferrari

Dipartimento di Macchine, Sistemi Energetici e Trasporti (DiMSET), Thermochemical Power Group (TPG), Università di Genova, Genova 16145, Italymario.ferrari@unige.it

Matteo Pascenti

Dipartimento di Macchine, Sistemi Energetici e Trasporti (DiMSET), Thermochemical Power Group (TPG), Università di Genova, Genova 16145, Italymatteo.pascenti@unige.it

Loredana Magistri

Dipartimento di Macchine, Sistemi Energetici e Trasporti (DiMSET), Thermochemical Power Group (TPG), Università di Genova, Genova 16145, Italyloredana.magistri@unige.it

Aristide F. Massardo

Dipartimento di Macchine, Sistemi Energetici e Trasporti (DiMSET), Thermochemical Power Group (TPG), Università di Genova, Genova 16145, Italymassardo@unige.it

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 132(2), 024502 (Nov 11, 2009) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3157099 History: Received March 20, 2009; Revised May 20, 2009; Published November 11, 2009; Online November 11, 2009

The Thermochemical Power Group of the University of Genoa, Italy, has developed a new “Gas Turbine” laboratory to introduce undergraduate students to the Gas Turbines and Innovative Cycles course, and Ph.D.s to advanced experimental activities in the same field. In the laboratory a general-purpose experimental rig, based on a modified commercial 100 kW recuperated micro gas turbine, was installed and fully instrumented. One of the main objectives of the laboratory is to provide both students and researchers with several experimental possibilities to obtain data related to the gas turbine steady-state, transient, and dynamic performance, including the effect of interaction between the turbomachines (especially the compressor), and more complex innovative gas turbine cycle configurations, such as recuperated, humid air, and hybrid (with high temperature fuel cells). The facility was partially funded by two Integrated Projects of the EU VI Framework Program (Felicitas and LARGE-SOFC) and the Italian Government (PRIN project), and it was designed with a high flexibility approach including: flow control management, cogenerative and trigenerative applications, downstream compressor volume variation, grid-connected or stand-alone operations, recuperated or simple cycles, and room temperature control. The paper also shows, as an example of the possibilities offered by the rig, experimental data obtained by both Master and Ph.D. students. The tests presented here are essential for understanding commercial gas turbines and microturbine performance, control strategy development, and theoretical model validation.

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Typical test data (rotational speed) in standard recuperated cycle mode

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Direct-line test: experimental data on compressor map obtained in stand-alone configuration

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Plant layout and instrumentation including the modular vessel

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