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Title: Modular Jet Engine Design: an Alternative Power Generation Solution
Authors: Lord, Jonathan
Wambersie, Augustin
Advisors: Steingart, Daniel
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Certificate Program: Materials Science and Engineering Program
Robotics & Intelligent Systems Program
Class Year: 2018
Abstract: This project aims to research, develop and manufacture an inexpensive, compact and efficient gas turbine generator for a broad range of applications, including disaster relief, emergency situations and home or business back up power. This report outlines the progress made towards these goals, the challenges that we faced through the design and construction process, and the changes that we would make if we were to continue with the research. The feasibility of this jet engine relies upon manipulating The Brayton thermodynamic cycle in order to extract positive work from the chemical energy of the fuel. The process of developing a working model was a multi-phase, iterative process that began with theoretical ideal thermodynamic cycles and culminated with a proof of concept jet engine that offers a starting point to an alternative means of electricity generationat the cost of $1735 per unit. This project proves that with further research, it may be possible to manufacture a gas turbine that is more efficient, affordable and reliable than existing alternatives.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1924-2020

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