Micro Gas Turbine range extender - Validation techniques for automotive applications

R. M.R.A. Shah, A. McGordon, M. Amor-Segan, P. Jennings

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13 Citations (Scopus)


A Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) can be considered as an alternative to the internal combustion engine as a range extender for electric vehicles. The MGT produces less raw exhaust gaseous emissions such as HC and CO in aerospace and static applications compared to the internal combustion engine. In addition, the MGT weight is less than an equivalent internal combustion engine and potentially can reduce the level of CO2 further in a vehicle application. However, the use of the MGT in an automotive domain has some unique technical and commercial requirements that will require new validation approaches. An air filtration system is known to be one of the important elements to characterise the performance and the emissions of the MGT. In the past, most of the efforts on MGT were focused on the vehicle development and packaging studies, where the technical requirements of the test standards for the air filtration system were not considered. Furthermore, the validation techniques of the air filtration system for automotive applications have different requirements to those of a large scale turbine for aerospace use. A test method has been developed to investigate the effect of the automotive air filtration system on the MGT's characteristics in terms of the electrical power output and potentially the gaseous emissions. The outcomes of the research have provided good understanding of the MGT validation process in the automotive applications. It addresses the potential challenges that may hamper the MGT range extender for hybrid electric vehicle development processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference 2013, HEVC 2013
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages6
Edition621 CP
ISBN (Print)9781849197762
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventIET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference 2013, HEVC 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Nov 20137 Nov 2013


ConferenceIET Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference 2013, HEVC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Air filtration
  • Emissions
  • Micro Gas Turbine
  • Performance
  • Pressure drops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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