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Beyond Brayton Cycle: It is Time to Change the Paradigm

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Arvind Gangoli Rao

Propulsion and power, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629HS, Delft, Netherlands
a.gangolirao@tudelft.nl

Piero Colonna

Propulsion and power, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629HS, Delft, Netherlands
p.colonna@tudelft.nl

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4039832 History: Received February 19, 2017; Revised January 19, 2018

Abstract

The acceptable complexity for any machine is mainly determined by the economic drivers and reliability constraints. In the end, the increase in efficiency achieved by the added complexity should be economically viable. With the global energy scenario changing more rapidly than ever before, due to the increase in renewable energy conversion, the future role of gas turbines (GT) in the power sector is uncertain at the moment. Such uncertainty is not conducive for introducing radical architecture changes, which is why OEMs are trying to push the performance of the current GT configuration further. Although intercooling and reheating are already applied to commercially available stationary GT and it is possible that this development will also be pursued further, the uncertainty with constant volume combustion is arguably high

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