The GT-MHR Uses Proven Technology Developed by Industry
LARGE HELIUM TURBINE (OBERHAUSEN 2)
Aircraft Industry Experience
The MHR gas turbine uses the same technology as the modern jet engine. However, in the case of the MHR, its design requirements are less demanding. Temperatures, stresses, and blade tip speeds are all far below those proven in millions of hours of aircraft engine operation. Although most of the components represent current state-of-the-art technology, additional design work is needed to integrate them into the most economical and reliable package. Modern computing technology will aid in analyzing the dynamics of the gas turbine power-producing module before the prototype hardware is built. This design approach is very similar to that which went into the Boeing 747400 which had to work the first time.
Even more intriguing, the gas turbine uses the same technology which powers the modern 747 jet engine. Just as it replaced the reciprocating engine for modern world-spanning travel, so will the gas turbine replace the steam turbine to generate electricity.
State-of-the-art recuperators are highly efficient and compact heat exchangers. The GT-MHR recuperators will draw on extensive experience from the fossil-fuel power industry, including the construction of sixty such units for large gas turbine plants.