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Advanced Gas Turbine Systems Research Program

Project Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the nation’s leading gas
turbine manufacturers embarked upon a program to develop the gas turbine of the 21st century. Developing this ultra-clean, high-efficiency turbine required heavy emphasis on:

  • high-temperature, corrosion resistant materials science,
  • improved understanding of combustion phenomena,
  • fundamentals of innovative thermodynamic cycles, and
  • knowledge of pollutant formations when natural gas and
    other fuels are burned and emissions minimization

SCIES administered the Advanced Gas Turbine Systems Research (AGTSR) program to provide these technological advances and establish a fundamental base of knowledge. The AGTSR Program started in 1992 and was completed in mid-2003. During this program, SCIES awarded 74 research grants to 36 universities.

There were three major project areas in the AGTSR Program: (1) promoting collaborative research and development, (2) organizing industrial workshops and seminars to share important new information, and (3) sponsoring internships and fellowships on the university level to provide a foundation for future breakthroughs in advanced gas turbine technology. Under DOE supervision, the consortium brought together the engineering departments of the nation’s leading universities and industrial turbine developers to ensure that the next generation of natural gas turbines would be built on a solid knowledge base. The consortium’s projects were important to the U.S.’s continued world leadership in turbine technology for the 21st century.

Project Participants

  • South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies
  • Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Industrial Review Board
    • EPRI
    • General Electric
    • Honeywell
    • Parker Hannifin
    • Pratt & Whitney/UTRC
    • Rolls-Royce Corporation
    • Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Solar Turbines
    • Southern Company Services
    • Woodward FST
  • 107 Performing Member Universities

For more information contact:

Robert Leitner, SCIES Director

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