RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Controls and Diagnostics

Control System for a 373 kW, Intercooled, Two-Spool Gas Turbine Engine Powering a Hybrid Electric World Sports Car Class Vehicle

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C. C. Shortlidge

SatCon Technology Corporation, 161 First St., Cambridge, MA 02142

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 120(1), 84-88 (Jan 01, 1998) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818091 History: Received July 01, 1996; Online November 19, 2007


SatCon Technology Corporation has completed design, fabrication, and the first round of test of a 373 kW (500 hp), two-spool, intercooled gas turbine engine with integral induction type alternators. This turbine alternator is the prime mover for a World Sports Car class hybrid electric vehicle under development by Chrysler Corporation. The complete hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system features the 373 kW (500 hp) turbine alternator unit, a 373 kW (500 hp) 3.25 kW-h (4.36 hp-h) flywheel, a 559 kW (750 hp) traction motor, and the propulsion system control system. This paper presents and discusses the major attributes of the control system associated with the turbine alternator unit. Also discussed is the role and operational requirements of the turbine alternator unit as part of the complete hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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