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RankineCycler™ Steam Turbine Lab

RankineCycler™ is a data acquisition equipped, ready to operate micro power plant. 

Primary components include a multi-pass boiler, axial-flow steam turbine, AC/DC generator and condenser tower.  

The RankineCycler™ steam turbine power plant utilizes beautifully-crafted working components. Front and rear boiler doors open with push button ease, providing a clear view of flame tubes, the fuel nozzle, vortex generator and igniter. 

Sensors are installed at all key locations and measure temperatures, pressures, fuel-flow rate (energy input) and electrical energy output. Signal outputs are conditioned and factory calibrated for "real-time" display on the included, student-configurable virtual instrument.

RankineCycler™  allows participants to complete many energy/efficiency related experiments.  The system also comes with a very complete operator's manual and 43 page curriculum guide.

RankineCycler™... a truly unmatched value in hands-on energy cycle analysis.


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Included National Instruments virtual instrument with open source code for student manipulation

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Steam Turbine Curriculum

Experimental Opportunities:

  • Energy relationships and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Cycle analysis and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Control volume analysis
  • Entropy analysis
  • Isentropic analysis and the study of turbine/nozzle efficiency
  • Heat transfer analysis and the study of boiler efficiency
  • Combustion processes
  • Vapor power system fundamentals
  • Electric power generation
  • Experimental and data acquisition technique


Purchase Specifications

  • A steam turbine plant designed for engineering steam power education. 
  • Consisting of a fossil-fueled boiler, steam turbine and condenser tower mounted on a rigid, mobile frame. 
  • Boiler of a tube-type, flame through design with access doors to view the inner workings. 
  • Steam rate adjustable through a steam admission valve, regulating turbine speed and energy output. 
  • Axial flow turbine used to drive an alternating current generator. 
  • Generator output to be rectified allowing the output of direct current. 
  • Generator output capable of delivering 15 Volts at 1 Amp to infinitely adjustable 15 Watt load. 
  • Unit to include analog boiler pressure gauge, generator voltage and generator current meters. 
  • To be supplied with a USB based digital data acquisition system complete with computer and user configurable data acquisition software capable of measuring and recording analog, digital and frequency signals.
  • Equipped with calibrated transducers and thermocouples capable of measuring boiler temperature and pressure, turbine inlet and exit temperature and pressure, turbine RPM, fuel flow rate and generator load, voltage and current. 
  • All metal sur faces to be stainless steel, anodized or powder coated to promote durability and wear resistance.
  • Provided with a comprehensive Operator’s Manual with design, operation and construction information. 
  • Provided with summary operating checklists for all operating conditions. 
  • Provided with safety instructions to address all operating conditions. 
  • To be covered by a free two year warranty.
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Dr. Andy Gerhart, Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University

"The RankineCycler™ is the best tool on the market for laboratory teaching of thermodynamic principles and power generation, and it comes with the lowest price tag.  In fact, as far as I can tell, it is the only available educational equipment of its kind."  

Dr. Andy Gerhart, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University