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Gas Foil Bearing Technology Advancements for Closed Brayton Cycle Turbines
AIP Conference Proceedings
Closed Brayton Cycle (CBC) turbine systems are under consideration for future space electric power generation. CBC turbines convert thermal energy from a nuclear reactor, or other heat source, to electrical power using a closed-loop cycle. The operating fluid in the closed-loop is commonly a high pressure inert gas mixture that cannot tolerate contamination. One source of potential contamination in a system such as this is the lubricant used in the turbomachine bearings. Gas Foil Bearings (GFB)doi:10.1063/1.2437506 fatcat:butgs3qvu5bezom23zpv2tfl6a