Revise GCSE Physics


Question:What is a turbine and how does a turbine work?

A turbine is any device that can be turned by either a flowing liquid or a moving gas.

For example air or steam or water.

Turbines all have blades that are caused to rotate when a fluid passes across them. It is basically the opposite action to that of a propellor from an aeroplane or a boat.

Turbines convert the Kinetic Energy of the fluid, to Rotational Kinetic Energy which can be used to turn something - usually a generator.

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