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Titanic turbine

Titanic's turbine engine as shown in the Titanic VR wreck

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How the turbine engine worked

Titanic's Turbine Room was located behind the Reciprocating Engine Room. The turbine engine used the last 9 pounds of steam pressure exhausted by the reciprocating engines and improved the efficiency of the ship 15% by transferring that to a center propeller. The big square openings on the upper sides vented the final steam to the condensers at 4 pounds pressure.

Turbine room machinery Edit

  • The low pressure turbine driving the centre propulsion shaft and propeller
  • The huge changeover valves to divert exhaust steam from the main engines to either the condensers direct, or via the low-pressure turbine. The arms shown on top of the valves are part of the steam-driven machinery that operates them as they cannot be shifted manually
  • The main condensers either side of the turbine
  • The main seawater circulating pumps outboard on both sides
  • Condenser feedwater tanks
  • Dual water-air pumps (condensate and vacuum pumps)
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Wreck Edit

The turbine room was heavily damaged during the break-up and subsequent descent of the stern section through the water column. The condensers were crushed against the turbine and interior sections of the condensers can be found in the debris field.

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