The gas turbine is applied in four basic configurations; the turbojet, the turbofan, the turboprop and the turboshaft. Comparisons of the performance of these various configurations is difficult since they convert the energy to different forms, i.e. thrust or shaft power. Cycle variables which do not necessarily constitute advancements in the state-of-the-art such as bypass ratio and fan pressure ratio can have a profound effect on thrust and shaft power. Differences in flight speed and altitude capability further confound the comparisons. What is required is a comparison methodology that removes all of these variables and yet puts all the various types of engines on an equitable basis. This paper will provide such a comparison tool. All turbomachinery, regardless of configuration, can be compared with this method.

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