GAS TURBINE OPERATION ON COMPRESSED HYDROGEN
Penley, Jennifer N.
Hobson, Garth V.
Gannon, Anthony J.
Holmes, Andrea D.
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The purpose of this thesis was to effectively run a small turbojet engine using compressed hydrogen gas and then baseline a microturbine using propane. These baselines provide the data collection needed in order to develop an overall plan for running a microturbine using compressed hydrogen gas. The turbojet engine was designed to simulate a full-size turbojet engine and run it off liquid fuel. To baseline this turbojet engine and understand its normal operating parameters, it was successfully operated using kerosene gas. The results of the liquid fuel operation were compared to the successful operation of the same turbojet engine using hydrogen. The Capstone C30 microturbine was selected for its power generation and small, practical size. This microturbine was baselined using propane, for which it was originally designed, and it displayed the expected results. The steps taken in this thesis help lead toward the ultimate goal of developing a system where a microturbine runs off the stored hydrogen to create a small, portable, and inexpensive system that produces a high amount of energy with no toxic emissions.
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