Steam turbine

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The rotor o a modren steam turbine uised in a power plant

A steam turbine is a device that extracts thermal energy frae pressurized steam an uses it tae dae mechanical wirk on a rotating output shaft. Its modren manifestation wis invented bi Sir Charles Parsons in 1884.[1]

Because the turbine generates rotary motion, it is parteecularly suited tae drivin an electric generator. The steam turbine is a form o heat ingine that derives much o its improvement in thermodynamic efficiency frae the uise o multiple stages in the expansion o the steam, which results in a closer approach tae the ideal reversible expansion process.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. A Stodola (1927) Steam and Gas Turbines. McGraw-Hill.