Steam Turbine Engine
A steam turbine engine is a mechanical device that converts thermal energy from pressurized steam into mechanical energy. It is one of the most common and efficient types of heat engines in use today, and is utilized in a wide variety of applications, including power generation, marine and aviation propulsion, and industrial processes.
How a Steam Turbine Engine Works
As its name implies, the steam turbine engine uses high-pressure steam to turn a series of rotating blades. Water is heated and pressurized in a boiler using a fossil fuel such as coal or natural gas, nuclear energy, or solar power. Once it has turned to steam, it enters the turbine through a series of nozzles, which accelerate the steam and direct it toward the blades. The steam expands, causing the blades to turn, which then rotates the shaft of the turbine.
The shaft of the turbine can be connected to a variety of different devices, such as a generator to produce electricity, a propeller to drive a ship, or a compressor to compress air.