Increasingly stringent environmental regulations are governing the release of pollutants into the world's atmosphere. To meet the world's needs to lower the levels of contaminants sent into the atmosphere, engineers face multiple problems of how to attain better energy efficiencies, yet lower toxic emissions.
During the past three decades, environmental regulations governing pollutant emissions have become increasingly stringent with the requirement of lower levels of released gases such as mono-nitrogn oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide, and unburned hydrocarbons.
At the same time, increases in turbine inlet temperatures are being pushed to attain higher overall efficiency in power generation turbines. Both the desire for better efficiency and the need for lower emissions have increased the demand for more efficient combustion systems.
The aircraft industry serves as a prime example of the problems facing engineers interested in improving climatic conditions. Many aircraft use gas turbine engines that produce their own pressurized gas, burning a fuel such as propane, natural gas, or kerosene. This exhaust from the thousands of planes flying daily is a major source of pollution.
New research led by mechanical engineering faculty members at
The two researchers recently received a half a million dollar, three-year grant from the
Other companies involved in the project include:
"The work is extremely important with the discovery and extraction of natural gas though fracking, resulting in a domination of natural gas fired plants coming on in the future," Ekkad, who holds the Commonwealth Professorship for Aerospace Propulsion Systems at
In total, the DOE funded 10 projects with an overall goal of developing solutions to specific technical challenges and barriers, enabling the development of advanced gas turbines and gas turbine-based systems that will operate reliably, cleanly, efficiently, and cost effectively when fueled with coal-derived hydrogen, synthesis gas (syngas) and natural gas fuels.
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