After numerous tests over the last 40 years, the aircraft gas turbine of two-shaft design has emerged as the most promising power unit for high-powered, fast and lightweight rail vehicles of the future. The performance characteristics, superior to those of the diesel engine, are complemented either by an electrical transmission system or a hydraulic transmission unit. The advantage of the gas turbine lies in its compactness and lightness in weight, allowing a doubling of power and savings in space. Viewed from a commercial standpoint, this means a covering of fuel costs. In respect of noise development and exhaust gas emission, the gas turbine is also more favorable than the diesel engine. The most successful series-built vehicles powered by gas turbines are the turbotrains of the SNCF which have also been imported into the USA where they are to be built under license.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was contributed by the Gas Turbine Division of ASME for presentation at the Gas Turbine Conference & Products Show, Houston, Texas, March 2-6, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • KELLER, R
  • Publication Date: 1974-12-2

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083052
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 75-GT-88
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM