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Twin spool industrial gas turbine engine with variable inlet guide vanes

United States Patent Application

20170342854
A1
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A large frame heavy duty industrial gas turbine engine that can produce twice the power as a conventional single spool industrial engine, and can operate at full power during a hot day. The industrial engine includes a high spool that directly drives an electric generator at a synchronous speed of the electric power grid, a low spool with a low pressure turbine that drives a low pressure compressor from the exhaust gas from the high pressure turbine, where the low pressure compressor supplies compressed air to the high pressure compressor. Variable inlet guide vane assemblies are used in the low pressure turbine and the low pressure compressor so that the high spool can operate at full power even during a hot day. The low spool is designed to operate at a higher speed than at the normal temperature conditions so that a high mass flow can be produced for the high spool during the hot day conditions.
Brown, Barry J. (Jupiter, FL), Brostmeyer, Joseph D. (Jupiter, FL), Cejka, Justin T. (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), Jones, Russell B. (North Palm Beach, FL)
15/ 137,248
April 25, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-FE0023975 awarded by Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.