steam turbine

noun

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 The age of steam relied on the same concept, as do modern steam turbines. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Microwave thruster makes for clean-burning jet," 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, Bloomberg.com, "Burning Wood Can Be a Clean Source of Power After All," 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, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 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, "Nearly $1B Gulf Coast Ammonia plant in Texas City to begin construction," 8 Jan. 2020 Thermal uses mirrors to focus incoming sunlight onto a location that reaches high temperatures, which can then be used to generate electricity by driving a steam turbine. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Company claims breakthrough in concentrating the Sun’s rays," 19 Nov. 2019 Here are other similarities: Both boats were steam turbines and their engine rooms were very similar. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald: National Museum of the Great Lakes offers Schoonmaker freighter tour to make sense of mystery," 31 Oct. 2019 There's enough heat left over after the gas turbine cycle to run a (lower-energy) steam turbine cycle: (Net Power) Net Power's plant eliminates that second cycle. David Roberts, Vox, "That natural gas power plant with no carbon emissions or air pollution? It works.," 1 June 2018 The ship is conventionally powered by steam turbines, according to CGTN, and is capable of carrying different types of aircraft, including the J-15 fighters, as well as surveillance and anti-submarine helicopters. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "China says carrier group reaches 'initial' combat capability," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of steam turbine

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Steam turbine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steam%20turbine. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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