Chapter 2


The performance of the combined cycle plant is a function of the Brayton and Rankine Cycles. The Gas Turbine operates under the Brayton Cycle, and the Steam Turbine operates under the Rankine Cycle. The heat rejected by the Brayton Cycle in an isobaric process is the energy, which is used in the Rankine Cycle to produce the steam. Both cycles accept and reject heat in an isobaric process.

  • Combined Cycle Plant Operation
  • The Brayton Cycle
  • Inlet Cooling Effect
  • Regeneration Effect
  • Increasing the Work Output of the Simple Cycle Gas Turbine
  • Intercooling and Reheat Effects
  • Injection of Compressed Air, Steam, or Water for Increasing Power
  • Combination of Evaporative Cooling and Steam Injection
  • Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles
  • Compressed Air Energy Storage Cycle
  • Actual Cycle Analysis
  • The Simple Cycle
  • The Split-Shaft Simple Cycle
  • The Regenerative Cycle
  • The Intercooled Simple Cycle
  • The Reheat Cycle
  • The Intercooled Regenerative Reheat Cycle
  • The Steam Injection Cycle
  • The Evaporative Regenerative Cycle
  • The Brayton-Rankine Cycle
  • Summation of Cycle Analysis
  • A General Overview of Combined Cycle Plants

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