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It's no secret that turbine engines have a greater power-to-weight ratio than reciprocating engines and have been the industry standard in aviation for years. Yet in an extraordinary show of turbine innovation, MTT turned the industry on its head by successfully installing turbines into non-aviation machines.

Generally speaking, MTT uses power turbines in its installations. Instead of using thrust for propulsion as in jet engines, power turbines have output shafts which are coupled to driveline components. Found in turbo-prop aircraft and helicopters, power turbines are excellent power sources in many applications.

By definition, a turbine is an engine turned by the force of expanding gas on fan blades, or turbine wheels. The concept is simple: Fuel is atomized in a combustion chamber located in front of the turbine wheels which are spooled up by an electric starter. Upon ignition, gas emitted from the combustion process expands, causing the fan blades to spin and producing incredible power in the form of either thrust or shaft horsepower.



Compared to Recips

Turbine engines have extraordinarily long life expectancies compared to other internal combustion engines. Because all moving parts spin centrifugally around one shaft, turbines are well suited to run at high horsepower and continuous rpm's for extended periods without self-destructing like piston engines.

Originally designed for commercial aviation, turbines also have incredible service requirements due to the serious ramifications of engine failure during flight. The highest quality parts and materials are used to build these engines, resulting in a lower likelihood for failure than in reciprocating engines. Dry-sumped internal lubrication is never exposed to the combustion chambers, greatly reducing contamination and extending preventive maintenance intervals.

    

 

 

Question:

If turbine engines are superior to reciprocating - or piston - engines, why aren't there more turbines in non-aviation installations?


Answer:


Turbines are comparatively more expensive. Historically, their main demographic was governments, big businesses, and wealthy individuals, such as the British Pegasus Patrol Boat, the San Francisco Ferry, the U.S. LCAC Hovercraft, and the personal yachts of international royal family members such as the Aga Khan's Destriero.


The Good News:

Because MTT has access to many turbine outlets, we are able to install fully
refurbished, marinized, and tested turbine engines into our product packages at very economical prices per horsepower. If dollar per horsepower per service hour is considered, turbine engines are actually more cost effective than reciprocating engines.

 

 

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