steam turbine


Definition of steam turbine

: a turbine that is driven by the pressure of steam discharged at high velocity against the turbine vanes

Examples of steam turbine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the researchers note the efficiency is already higher than that of the average steam turbine generator in the US. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 14 Apr. 2022 The heat is used to boil water and drive a steam turbine that generates electricity in large quantities. Nick Lichtenberg, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2022 The repairs from that issue were made and the utility went to restart Eagle Valley’s steam turbine generator in November. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Mar. 2022 GE Steam Power is the world's largest steam and coal power franchise, with 30% of the world's steam turbine capacity, according to its website. Matt Egan, CNN, 21 Sep. 2020 The age of steam relied on the same concept, as do modern steam turbines. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 5 May 2020 That material is then burned to run steam turbines that produce electricity (and heat as a by-product) that can be piped to homes. Jess Shankleman,, 10 May 2020 The only engine available is a honey-ham-burning brick oven with three steam turbines that weighs 3000 pounds. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, 24 Jan. 2020 Air Products also will build and operate in Texas City its largest-ever steam methane reformer to produce hydrogen, an air separation unit to supply nitrogen, and a steam turbine generator for the power and utilities. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of steam turbine

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steam turbine was in 1860

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“Steam turbine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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