In introducing the subject some of the advantages of pneumatics for high speed aircraft are pointed out. Owing to its suitability for airborne conditioning systems, it is pointed out that it is logical to combine this characteristic in producing a combined air turbine and electric generator without the need of a separate cooling system. This was the thought behind the design of the Turbonator AC generating machine It includes a turbine wheel integral with the generator which is arranged to allow the turbine exhaust gas to pass over the generator for cooling purposes. The generator rotor windings are supported solidly by titanium retainers. Rotor bearings may either be of the sealed oil type or air bearings. Both have been tested, but, while the former is the simplest and suitable for present‐day standards, the air bearing has distinct possibilities for future uses. Thrust loads are taken up by an air bearing using the turbine wheel face as the bearing journal. No liquid is therefore used as a lubricant, thereby eliminating this high temperature problem. Materials for the generator are considered, one of which is ceramic insulation. Consideration was given to the inductor generator, but although this type of machine may be more suitable for high speeds, the rotating winding generator displays more advantages. A test rotor of the latter type has withstood speeds of 62,000 r.p.m. which is 25 per cent above normal speeds. The recent availability of a 24,000 r.p.m. generator makes it possible to eliminate a reduction gear.
(1959), "S.A.E. National Aeronautic Meeting: Summaries of Papers given before the Meeting Held in Los Angeles, September 29‐October 4, 1958", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 45-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb033079Download as .RIS
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