The primary component of TurboGen™ is a self-contained turboshaft engine. The engines mechanically-free power turbine drives an electric generator. The system is expressly designed for energy conversion research and education.
To compliment the impressive hands-on hardware, TurboGen™ features an extensive sensor suite, National Instruments Data Acquisition System, and LabVIEWTM Interactive Virtual Instrument Panel, which allows for real time monitoring and recording of sensor data.
The TurboGenTM Interactive Virtual Instrument (VI) Panel is a high-powered extension of the system’s main operator control panel. This LabVIEWTM generated VI offers a real-time graphical cutaway perspective of the system operation, which allows operators to “look inside”. All system operating parameters are displayed as they occur with system locations clearly indicated on the cutaway graphic.
Virtual Instrument (Click to Enlarge)
Pressures, temperatures, fuel flow, voltage, current, and power parameters are displayed in numerical display windows. Turbo-shaft engine and generator RPM are displayed on analog-style round meters for a neat visual cue. (The readings are also displayed digitally below each meter).
The real-time plotting feature lets the operator plot any parameter on screen as it occurs in order to provide a clear sense of how the data is reacting to the actual system operating conditions. Operators can toggle between all the parameters to watch them graphically. Data logging functionality is conveniently controlled from the VI screen. All the jet engine power data can be observed and tracked as it affects the electric generator data. System units can be changed with a simple click of the mouse.
Feeding this interactive VI is data from the on-board National Instruments 6218 Data Acquisition System. That same data is also stored on the included laptop PC for later retrieval and analysis.
Researchers and students alike will find TurboGen™ easy to operate while providing extensive performance capabilities. The engine is fully throttle-able while the free turbine can be loaded over a wide operational range (by varying generator load) giving researchers and students a broad, combined, study bandwidth.
TurboGen™ features many innovative operational sub-systems including a fuel-cooled alternator, exhaust powered cabinet cooling fan, integrated resistive load element, and custom speed tach generators. TurboGen™ comes standard with unsurpassed factory-direct support. If you demand more than virtual reality for your gas power research or educational lab, TurboGen™ is as real as it gets.