Development and performance measurement of micro-power pack using micro-gas turbine driven automotive alternators
- Development and performance measurement of micro-power pack using micro-gas turbine driven automotive alternators
- 심규호; 구본진; 김창호; 김태호
- Micro-power pack; Micro-gas turbine; Rotordynamic performance; Power generation; Electric vehicle
- Issue Date
- Applied energy
- VOL 102, 309-319
- This paper presents the development of a micro-power pack using automotive alternators powered by a micro-gas turbine (MGT) to recharge battery packs, in particular for electric vehicles (EVs). The thermodynamic efficiency for the MGT with the power turbine is estimated from a simple Brayton cycle analysis. The rotordynamic and power generation performance of the MGT driven alternator was measured during a series of experiments under electrical no-loading and loading conditions, and with belt-pulley and flexible bellows couplings. The flexible coupling showed superior rotordynamic and power generation performance than the belt coupling due to the enhanced alignment of the alternator rotor and the reduced mechanical frictions. Furthermore, the micro-power pack showed dramatic increases in the mass and volumetric power densities by ~4 times and ~5 times, respectively, compared with those of a commercial diesel generator with similar power level. As a result, this paper assures the feasibility of the light-weight micro-power pack using a MGT and automotive alternators for EVs.
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