Closed Cycle Gas Turbine: Construction, Working, diagram

A closed cycle gas turbine is a turbine in which the air is circulated continuously within the turbine. The components of this turbine are a compressor, heating chamber, the gas turbine which drives the generator and compressor, and a cooling chamber.

Mian Parts

The main components of the simplest form of a closed cycle gas turbine are:

1. Compressor:

It is used to compress the gas.

2. Heating chamber:

The heating of the compressed gas is taking place in the heating chamber.

3. Gas turbine:

It is used to produce useful work that is used by the generator to generate electricity.

4. Generator:

It generates electricity with the help of the gas turbine.

5. Cooling chamber:

The cooling of the gas after passing from the turbine takes place in the cooling chamber.

Schematic Diagram 

Closed Cycle Gas Turbine: Construction, Working, diagram

Working of Closed Cycle Gas Turbine

  • The closed cycle gas turbine works on the principle of Joule’s or Brayton’s cycle
  • In this turbine, the gas is compressed isentropically and then passed into the heating chamber. The compressor generally used is of the rotary type.
  • The compressed air is heated with the help of some external source and then made to flow over the turbine blades. The turbine used here is of reaction type.
  • The gas while flowing over the blades of the turbine, gets expanded. From the turbine the gas is passed to the cooling chamber. Here the gas is cooled at constant pressure with the help of circulating water to its original temperature.
  • Now the gas is again made to flow through the compressor to repeat the process.
  • Here the same gas is circulated again and again in the working of a closed cycle gas turbine.

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P-V and T-S diagram

Closed Cycle Gas Turbine (P-V and T-S Diagram)

The various processes used in this turbine are:

1. Process 1-2: It denotes the heating of gas in heating chamber at constant pressure.
2. Process 2-3: In this process the expansion of gas takes place isentropically.
3. Process 3-4: This process shows the cooling of gas at constant pressure in cooling chamber.
4. Process 4-1: Isentropic compression of gas takes place in the compressor.

Explanation of P-V and T-S diagram

Process 1-2:

The heating of the gas is done at constant pressure. Here as the pressure is constant, so P1 = P2 and the temperature increases from T1 to T2, the entropy of the gas increases during this process.

Process 2-3:

isentropic expansion of the gas takes place in the turbine. Here the pressure drops from P­2 to P3 and volume increases from V2 to V3. In T-S diagram the entropy remains constant but the temperature drops from T3 to T4.

Process 3-4:

Cooling of gas is happen at constant pressure during this process. In P-V diagram the pressure remain constant i.e. P3 = P4 and the volume decreases from V­3 to V4.

Process 4-1:

Isentropic compression takes place in the compressor. In P-V diagram the pressure increases from P­4 to P1 and volume decreases from V4 to V1 (i.e. gas returns to
its initial volume). In T-S diagram the entropy remains constant (i.e. S4 = S1) and the temperature increases from T­4 to T1( T1 is the initial temperature of the gas, it means the gas attains its initial temperature).

Work Done (Closed cycle gas turbine)
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Pankaj Mishra

Pankaj Mishra is a blogger by passion and Mechanical Engineer by profession. He has completed his B.Tech degree in mechanical engineering in the year 2015. He loves to share his knowledge and help others.

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