Fuels for Advanced Power Generation Systems

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S. Way, W. E. Young, I. S. Tuba, R. L. Chambers

Westinghouse Electric Corp., Research and Development Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

J. Eng. Power 87(2), 125-147 (Apr 01, 1965) (23 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678149 History: Received October 14, 1963; Online January 10, 2012


This paper discusses the relative merits of various fuels for magnetohydrodynamic power systems in which the MHD generator operates on combustion products and is coupled with a steam plant or gas turbine. The method of calculating the equilibrium gas composition is first discussed, and results are then given for alkali seeded product gas compositions and properties for cases of bituminous coal, coke, natural gas, residual oil, and alcohol. Electrical conductivity, electron mobility, and attainable flame temperatures are evaluated. Fuels of low hydrogen content are shown to be advantageous, and it is shown to be desirable to introduce the alkali seed in a dry state.

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