Evolution of the Central Station Steam Turbine in the United States

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Title

Evolution of the Central Station Steam Turbine in the United States

Alternative Title

Evolution of Central Station Steam Turbine

Subject

Engineering--United States

Description

An academic paper by Ronald L. Bannister and George J. Silvestri, Jr., presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' (ASME) Winter Annual Meeting in 1988. Westinghouse Electric Corporation pioneered in the development of steam turbines for power generation when George Westinghouse (1846-1914) acquired the license to build and market the steam turbine developed by the Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company. The first U.S.-built Westinghouse steam turbine (120kW) was built and installed in 1897. In 1902, the first Westinghouse electric utility steam turbine (1500kW) was installed at Hartford Electric Light Company.

Originally called the Westinghouse Electric Company, George Westinghouse (1846-1914) founded his manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1886. In 1889, he renamed his business The Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. Westinghouse's primary products include turbines, generators, motors and switchgear related to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity. The company changed its name to Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1945. In 1981, the company began to relocate its division headquarters for the Steam-Turbine Generator Divisions from Pennsylvania (turbines from Lester and generators from Pittsburgh) to Orlando, Florida. The Power Generation Business Unit (PGBU) building was located in The Quadrangle, at 4400 Alafaya Trail. Originally, Westinghouse had purchased a large plot of land for future development that extended westward from Alafaya Trail to Rouse Road. The original headquarters was located on several acres of that land parcel close to Alafaya Trail.

As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation, additional buildings were added to the complex. In 1994, after a major corporate management shuffling and commitment to change from an industrial manufacturing company to primarily a broadcasting/communications company, Westinghouse bought the CBS Network and changed its name to the CBS Corporation. As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation in 1998, additional buildings were added to the Quadrangle.

Creator

Bannister, Ronald L.
George J. Silvestri, Jr.

Source

Original 15-page academic paper: Bannister, Ronald L. and George J. Silvestri, Jr., "Evolution of the Central Station Steam Turbine in the United States." Paper presented at the winter annual meeting for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York City, New York, November-December 1988.

Date Created

ca. 1988-11

Date Submitted

ca. 1988-11

Contributor

Jaeger, Harry L.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 15-page academic paper: Bannister, Ronald L. and George J. Silvestri, Jr., "Evolution of the Central Station Steam Turbine in the United States." Paper presented at the winter annual meeting for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York City, New York, November-December 1988.

Is Part Of

Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

3.39 MB

Medium

15-page academic paper

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Westinghouse Power Generation Business Unit, Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Science Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Ronald L. Bannister and George J. Silvestri, Jr.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Ronald L. Bannister and George J. Silvestri, Jr. is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Jaeger, Harry L.
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photograph collection." Hagley Museum and Library. http://findingaids.hagley.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/1969_170.xml&doc.view=content&brand=default&anchor.id=0#ref650.1.
"History." Westinghouse Nuclear. http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/About/History.
"Westinghouse Power Generation Booklet." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/6422.

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