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Economic aspects of advanced coal-fired gas turbine locomotivesIncreases in the price of such conventional fuels as Diesel No. 2, as well as advancements in turbine technology, have prompted the present economic assessment of coal-fired gas turbine locomotive engines. A regenerative open cycle internal combustion gas turbine engine may be used, given the development of ceramic hot section components. Otherwise, an external combustion gas turbine engine appears attractive, since although its thermal efficiency is lower than that of a Diesel engine, its fuel is far less expensive. Attention is given to such a powerplant which will use a fluidized bed coal combustor. A life cycle cost analysis yields figures that are approximately half those typical of present locomotive engines.
Liddle, S. G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Bonzo, B. B. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States) Houser, B. C. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
August 11, 2013
March 1, 1983
Economics And Cost Analysis
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASA TASK RD-152