Steam turbines generate much of the usable electricity in the United States. Unlike their gas counterparts, steam turbines utilize heat and water to create mechanical and electrical energy. With the help of electromagnetic fields, these machines produce enough power to run large operations.
If you think that power-providing equipment is complex and confusing, you aren’t alone. Fortunately, Advanced Turbine Support is here to help you understand how a steam turbine generates power and electricity.
Heat Source Produces Steam
The first step in the energy-generation process is producing steam. Turbines do this by using a heat source to raise water temperature.
In the past, plants relied on burning fossil fuels to create power. However, sustainable sources like organic matter can also produce enough heat to generate steam. Some facilities also utilize nuclear and solar power. From there, the vapor travels to the turbine blades to complete the next set of tasks.
Steam Turns Turbine Blades
Turbines work by converting potential energy into kinetic energy. Steam itself doesn’t do anything to produce power. Instead, it pushes turbine blades to rotate and create usable power.
Vapor occurs when water molecules expand. Steam turbine blades harness these expanding molecules to spin on a rotary. Maintaining stable pressure during this process is essential to avoiding accidents and creating a safe working environment.
Rotating Blades Activate Generator Axle
Steam turbines generate power and electricity in conjunction with a generator. The spinning blades activate the generator’s axle, producing energy. From there, these mechanisms engage with a powerful electromagnetic field, which finally generates usable electricity.
This final step wouldn’t be possible without the power of steam. Water vapor is the catalyst that supplies all the potential energy. The rest of the turbine and generator mechanisms use this power to perform their functions.
If you want to increase your turbine’s longevity, you first need to know how they work. Now that you have a better understanding of your machine’s inner workings, call Advanced Turbine Support to take care of the rest.
We offer advanced steam turbine testing to identify problems and provide efficient solutions. Call us today to perform an onsite inspection, upgrade your equipment, or repair any features that prevent your turbines from functioning at maximum capacity.