Last modified on 14 January 2011, at 13:24

Jet Propulsion/Turbines

A turbine produces mechanical work from the pressure or kinetic enrgy of a moving fluid. They differ from reciprocating motors in that the fluid flows through continuously.

Turbines like compressors can be axial or radial.

ApplicationsEdit

Water TurbinesEdit

The earliest water turbines were water wheels.

These extract mechanical work from water pressure.

Water turbines

Wind TurbinesEdit

Commonly known as windmill extract work from the wind.

wind turbine

Steam TurbinesEdit

These extract mechanical work from steam.

steam turbine

Axial TurbinesEdit

Used in most gas turbines and steam turbines

Radial TurbinesEdit

Used in turbochargers and small gas turbines.