Rover 100 b.h.p. • Gas Turbine
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APROTOTYPE 100 b.h.p. gas turbine for road transport operation is now being developed by the Rover Co., Ltd., Birmingham. It is smaller and lighter than the 185 b.h.p. turbine which powered what is claimed to be the world's first gas-turbine road vehicle, and the addition of two platetype heat-exchanger units has afforded a higher thermal efficiency.
The new unit is 3 ft. 2 ins. long, 1 ft. I04 ins, high, and 2 ft. wide when measured over the heat-exchanger units, which are arranged on the flanks of the rotating assembly. It is understood that the compressor impeller is 64 ins, in diameter, and the total weight is approximately 3 cwt.
At the annual general meeting of the Rover Co, Ltd., in Birmingham, in December, the chairman mentioned that whilst the development of the gas-turbine car was satisfactory, it was not expected that the product would be sold commercially for several years.
It is believed that one of the first commercial applications of the unit will be to an aerodrome crash tender.