Welcome to Turbine Technologies

Turbine Technologies is a United States manufacturer of premier educational laboratory equipment. Our products offer engineering and technical college students unique learning opportunities. Since 1986, Turbine Technologies has been partnering with faculty and instructors worldwide via the design and manufacture of turnkey classroom devices that support educational output objectives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Our products offer real world experience in engineering and technology disciplines that include:

Free Demonstrations on your Campus

Faculty and students get hands-on experience with numerous energy conversion and automation devices.  Run a real jet engine, view cavitation, operate a live steam turbine power plant, and more!

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Gas Turbine Engine Lab - Innovative Lab Systems for Engineering & Technical Education

Gas turbine engines are continuous flow internal combustion engines that rely on hot gas to spin a turbine and produce power. They are most closely associated with aircraft propulsion, but their high power-to-weight ratio makes them ideal for other applications where weight is a concern, such as power generation and industrial applications. 

Our Minilab Gas Turbine Engine Lab is designed to teach students the intricacies of gas turbine technology in a classroom setting.  

How a Gas Turbine Engine Works

Gas turbine engines consist of three essential components: a compressor, combustion chamber, and turbine. Here’s how they work:

  1. Air enters the engine through an air inlet.
  2. The air is compressed by a gas turbine engine compressor, which increases its pressure and temperature.
  3. Fuel is injected into the compressed air in a combustion chamber, where it is burned. This creates hot, high-pressure gas.
  4. The hot gas expands through a turbine, where it creates energy to spin a shaft.
  5. The exhaust gas exits the engine through a nozzle.

The rotating shaft of the turbine can be used to provide thrust in jet engines, generate electricity in power plants, and drive the compressor to keep the cycle going. 

Advantages of the Gas Turbine Engine

Gas turbine engines are known for their reliability and durability. They offer several advantages over other types of engines. These include:

  • A gas turbine engine generates significantly more power for its size and weight than a reciprocating engine, making it an ideal source of propulsion for aircraft and ships. 
  • Gas turbines reach full power very quickly, making them suitable for situations requiring rapid response times; peak power generation is a great example.
  • Gas turbine engines can be operated using different fuels, including natural gas, diesel, and renewable alternatives, for an environmentally friendly solution. A hydrogen gas turbine machine, for instance, uses hydrogen as its fuel source, creating sufficient power without compromising efficiency. 
  • Due to its relatively simple design and fewer moving parts, a gas turbine engine requires less maintenance compared to a reciprocating engine. This translates to lower operating costs over time. 


This unique combination of features and benefits makes gas turbine engines the go-to choice for many applications.