1992-08-03

A Combined Cycle With Gas Turbine Topping and Thermodynamically Ideal Gas Turbine Bottoming 929012

It has been shown that the ideal fuel burning engine, which is named the Wicks Cycle, can be implemented as a three process gas turbine cycle consisting of isothermal compression, heat addition and reversible adiabatic expansion to the ambient temperature as well as ambient pressure. However, such a cycle operating at typical fuel combustion temperatures requires excessive pressure ratios. This paper examines whether such a cycle, or a gas turbine cycle with compressor intercooling, may be a realistic bottoming cycle in a combined cycle plant, as an alternative to either existing practice steam cycles or to the proposed alternative Kalina Cycle.

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