Chapter 19

Basic Design Theory


The performance—thrust or power, fuel consumption, temperatures, shaft speeds, etc.—of a gas turbine engine is crucially dependent upon its inlet and exit conditions. The full range of inlet conditions that a given gas turbine engine application could encounter is encompassed in the operational envelope. This comprises an environmental envelope, defining ambient pressure, temperature, and humidity; installation pressure losses; and a flight envelope for aircraft engines. The environmental envelope for an engine defines the range of ambient pressure (or pressure altitude), ambient temperature, and humidity throughout which it must operate satisfactorily.


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