MacLeod, Gordon John (1953) Some considerations in the application of a gas turbine cycle to the manufacture of nitric oxide. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-05022003-112115
Certain problems associated with the application of a gas turbine cycle to the manufacture of nitric oxide are investigated. The feasibility of quenching the nitric oxide decomposition reaction with a De Laval nozzle is demonstrated. Thermochemical studies show that yields of nitric oxide approaching one percent are attainable in a gas turbine cycle. The severe turbine blade cooling problem can be surmounted with the use of either transpiration cooling or film cooling. Transpiration cooling with internal liquid vaporization is found to be the most promising method. The coolant requirements amount only to approximately one percent of the main stream mass flow per cooled-turbine-blade row. The effect of transpiration and film cooling upon cycle performance is negligible. Although all the problems associated with the application of a gas turbine cycle to the manufacture of nitric oxide appear to be surmountable, no attempt is, however, made in this study to ascertain the economical feasibility of the process. The answer to this question involves factors which are not purely technical and thus lies outside the scope of the thesis.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Engineer's thesis)|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Major Option:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||1 January 1953|
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|Deposited On:||02 May 2003|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 02:39|
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