The coal-fired gas turbine locomotive - A new lookAdvances in turbomachine technology and novel methods of coal combustion may have made possible the development of a competitive coal fired gas turbine locomotive engine. Of the combustor, thermodynamic cycle, and turbine combinations presently assessed, an external combustion closed cycle regenerative gas turbine with a fluidized bed coal combustor is judged to be the best suited for locomotive requirements. Some merit is also discerned in external combustion open cycle regenerative systems and internal combustion open cycle regenerative gas turbine systems employing a coal gasifier. The choice of an open or closed cycle depends on the selection of a working fluid and the relative advantages of loop pressurization, with air being the most attractive closed cycle working fluid on the basis of cost.
Liddle, S. G. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Bonzo, B. B. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Purohit, G. P. (Pickard, Lowe, and Garrick, Inc. Irvine, CA, United States)