An earlier study demonstrated the theoretical potential of the concept of injecting methanol into a gas turbine compressor inlet as a means of increasing cycle thermal efficiency. To attain the full potential of such a system, continuous shifting vapour/liquid equilibrium is required which would pose formidable difficulties in practice due to the presence of liquid in the compressor blading. This study evaluates a more practicable configuration in which the alcohol is injected between stages of a multi-stage machine so that, due to the higher air temperatures, evaporation is complete before the mixture enters subsequent stages. Through a computer analysis, it is shown that this arrangement would retain most of the potential of the concept while greatly reducing the design and operating problems.

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