When the First Edition of this book was written in 1951, the gas turbine was just becoming established as a powerplant for military aircraft. It took another decade before the gas turbine was introduced to civil aircraft, and this market developed so rapidly that the passenger liner was rendered obsolete. Other markets like naval propulsion, pipeline compression and electrical power applications grew steadily. In recent years the gas turbine, in combination with the steam turbine, has played an ever-increasing role in power generation.
Despite the rapid advances in both output and efficiency, the basic theory of the gas turbine has remained unchanged. The layout of this new edition is broadly similar to the original, but greatly expanded and updated, comprising an outline of the basic theory, aerodynamic design of individual components, and the prediction of off-design performance. The addition of a chapter devoted to the mechanical design of gas turbines greatly enhances the scope of the book.
Descriptions of engine developments and current markets make this book useful to both students and practising engineers.
Herb Saravanamuttoo, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, has many years experience in the gas turbine industry on both sides of the Atlantic, and is a Past President of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. The late Gordon Rogers was Professor Emeritus of Engineering Thermodynamics at the University of Bristol. He was author, with YR Mayhew, of Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer, 4th edition. The late Henry Cohen was formerly University Lecturer and Director of Studies in Engineering at Queens' College, Cambridge. Paul Straznicky is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University and has many years of experience as a mechanical design engineer. Andrew Nix is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University and has extensive experience in gas turbine design and durability, with a focus on turbine heat transfer and cooling.
1 Introduction 2 Shaft power cycles 3 Gas turbine cyles for aircraft propulsion 4 Centrifugal compressors 5 Axial flow compressors 6 Combustion systems 7 Axial and radial flow turbines 8 Mechanical design of gas turbines 9 Prediction of performance of simple gas turbines 10 Prediction of performance - further topics Appendix A - Some notes on gas dynamics Appendix B - Problems Appendix C - references Index