Jet Propulsion/Turbines

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A turbine produces mechanical work from the pressure or kinetic enrgy of a moving fluid. They differ from reciprocating motors in that the fluid flows through continuously.

Turbines like compressors can be axial or radial.


Water Turbines[edit]

The earliest water turbines were water wheels.

These extract mechanical work from water pressure.

Water turbines

Wind Turbines[edit]

Commonly known as windmill extract work from the wind.

wind turbine

Steam Turbines[edit]

These extract mechanical work from steam.

steam turbine

Axial Turbines[edit]

Used in most gas turbines and steam turbines

Radial Turbines[edit]

Used in turbochargers and small gas turbines.