FEASIBILITY STUDY OF ENCAPSULATED TURBINE GENERATOR POWER PLANT. PART 1: ENCAPSULATED POWER PLANT DESIGN. PART 2: EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF WATER LUBRICATED BEARINGS IN THE TURBULENT REGIME.
GENERAL ELECTRIC CO SCHENECTADY NY
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A study was made of the concept of an encapsulated power plant based on the preliminary design of a 1500 kw unit. Reduced attendance and maintenancefree operation for two-year periods is the goal. The plant consists of a closely integrated steam turbine generator set composed of a minimum number of components. A single fluid system is made possible by the use of water-3ubricated bearings and water-operated controls. All rotating parts are mounted on a single vertical shaft, rotating at 12,000 RPM. The concept was found to be feasible. Some component development programs have to be carried out before a prototype can be built. Improved marine power plant systems are expected from further pursuit of this program. Author