The reheat gas turbine cycle combined with the steam turbine Rankine cycle holds new promise of appreciably increasing power plant thermal efficiency. Apparently the cycle has been overlooked and thus neglected through the years. Research and development is being directed towards other gas turbine areas because of the world energy crunch; and in order to focus needed technical attention to the reheat cycle, this paper is presented, using logic and practical background of heat recovery boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines and the process industry. A critical analysis is presented establishing parameters of efficiency, cycle pressure ratio, firing temperature and output. Using the data developed, an analysis of an actual gas generator, the second generation LM5000, is applied with unique approaches to show that an overall 50 percent efficiency power plant can be developed using today’s known techniques and established base-load firing temperatures.

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