Power Generation

Air compressor to test a new generation of high pressure turbine systems

Source: FS-Elliott

Aug 06, 2013

FS-Elliott is supplying compressed air systems to Penn State University, Pratt & Whitney, and the U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) for the recently unveiled Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) facility. The new facility will run a Polaris air compressor to test a new generation of high pressure turbine (HPT) systems in order to improve the fuel efficiency of jet aircraft and land-based power generation turbines. 

Due to the complexity of the project, FS-Elliott performed numerous flow and pressure studies in order to analyze the capabilities of the P700 frame. In addition to supplying  the P700, FS-Elliott distributor, CH Reed, provided the heat exchangers, a chiller, heaters, test piping, valves, a closed loop cooling system and start-up/commissioning of all components for the START facility.