British Leyland's experience with gas turbines originated in the early 1940's when the Rover Company worked on early jet engines. After the war their interest was in using gas turbines in passenger cars. When the British Leyland Motor Corporation was formed the emphasis was changed to the application of gas turbine power to the heavy truck market. Unfortunately at less than full loading, the efficiency of the gas turbine engine is markedly inferior to the diesel engine. In 1967 the development of the 25/350r gas turbine engine commenced. The principal influence on the design was good reliability. During seven years of development the only fundamental change was to adopt a single ceramic disc regenerator where previously two had been used. At present Leyland Gas Turbines are concentrating their research effort into finding suitable materials for extremely high temperature applications. Once these have been found, by operating at 1200 degrees C, the specific fuel consumption of the gas turbine engine will match that of the diesel engine. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    Wrotham Place
    Wrotham, Sevenoaks, Kent ME14 1PE,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 80-82
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097806
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM