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    High start temperature

    Hi,

    For the past 3 starts on my P80, I had been experiencing high starting temperatures between 920-933 deg Celcius. I read in the manual that this might be caused by low gas supply during start up, thereby causing the turbine to overheat. I use 35% propane 65%butane gas. I do not use a gas solenoid valve and during start, I connect my gas bottle directly to the gas inlet of the turbine via a manual gas regulator. When starting, I usually turn the knob of the gas regulator slowly until I hear the gas igniting inside the turbine. Then I would usually increase the gas flow by another 1/2-3/4 turn of the regulator knob while the start process progresses. It had always worked fine.

    I was wondering if there are other possible reasons for high starting temperatures besides low gas supply. I do not suspect that the bottle of gas that I was using had depleted since I can still hear liquid sloshing around inside the bottle when I shake it.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    RE: High start temperature

    are you holding the start gas can so you get liquid or gas??

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi,

    Gas I suppose. I usually leave the gas can standing upright (gas regulator on top) on the ground while I turn the regulator knob with one hand and steady the can with the other.

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    RE: High start temperature

    with a butane/propane mix if it has the clunk in the can (like PowerMax) then you need to hold the can inverted so you get gas.

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    RE: High start temperature

    I am using Rothenberger multigas 300... I am not sure if it has a clunk... I don't hear any knocking sound when I shake the can except for liquid sloshing...

    Will liquified gas entering the turbine cause overheating problems?

    Thanks for your replies.

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    RE: High start temperature

    I've never used that brand of start gas but on all the butane/propane mixes I've used you can hear the clunk when shaking the can. feeding liquid to the turbine can give higher start temps, not sure it would be 200 C though but with wind blowing slightly at the tail during starts I've got considerably higher start temps from that.

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi,

    Thanks for the tip...

    I am uncertain if the cause may be due to liquid propane/butane entering the turbine though. The reason I said this is because I had been using the same brand of propane/butane and the same starting up procedure for the last couple of months. I only started to notice increasing start temperatures in the past 2 weeks (last 3 flights)...

    My initial suspision was drawn to the amount of propane/butane left in the can which may be causing a drop in gas flow/pressure... however, as I had mentioned when I shake the can, I can still hear a lot of sloshing sounds.

    Any other opinions please?

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    RE: High start temperature

    i don't know what the temps are in Singapore but in cold weather you have to constantly shake the can to get proper gas flow from the butane/propane mix, it's one reason i went to 100% propane off board starting on all my turbines.

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi,

    That's a good tip... thanks... weather in Singapore is always on the hot side.... 32-35 deg Celcius all year round. However, the past couple of weeks had been rainy and cold... maybe I should shake the can on the next outing and report the results.

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    RE: High start temperature


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    Hi,

    For the past 3 starts on my P80, I had been experiencing high starting temperatures between 920-933 deg Celcius. I read in the manual that this might be caused by low gas supply during start up, thereby causing the turbine to overheat. I use 35% propane 65%butane gas. I do not use a gas solenoid valve and during start, I connect my gas bottle directly to the gas inlet of the turbine via a manual gas regulator. When starting, I usually turn the knob of the gas regulator slowly until I hear the gas igniting inside the turbine. Then I would usually increase the gas flow by another 1/2-3/4 turn of the regulator knob while the start process progresses. It had always worked fine.

    I was wondering if there are other possible reasons for high starting temperatures besides low gas supply. I do not suspect that the bottle of gas that I was using had depleted since I can still hear liquid sloshing around inside the bottle when I shake it.

    Any advise would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Yes, there are other reasons. how much total time does the turbine have on it?

    Also, is there a reason you are not running in accordance with the manual (i.e. with a starting gas valve connected to the ECU)?

    Regards,

    Matt

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi,

    The total run time on my P80 is 4 hrs 39 mins.

    I ever tried using the gas valve for my first few runs. However, I noticed that with the gas valve attached, there is always a "pop" sound when the gas ignites. I found that the ignitions tend to be smoother without the gas valve and using the procedure I had described earlier.

    Can you kindly share the other reasons for high starting temperatures?

    I will be flying this coming Saturday and will try with another can of gas for starting.

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hello,

    First, let me say that 900 degrees on a P-80 is FINE, if I were you I would not worry about it.

    My guess is that the pump might have broken in some since new and is pumping more fuel for a given voltage.

    If you want to experiment, you can lower the Uaccel1 and Uaccel2 voltages a bit (maybe 1-2 units at a time) and I am sure your temps will drop.

    To change these values, hold the "Limits" key down and then press "+". This will bring up a sub menu to change the 2 voltages. After you change the voltages with the "+/-" keys, press any blue button to save the values and exit.

    Let me know how it goes.

    Regards,



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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi Mr Matt,

    Thanks for your reply and suggestions. I will try out the suggestions this coming weekend and keep you posted on the outcomes.

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi,

    Managed to test the P80 today. I reduced both the Uaccel1 and Uaccel2 voltages by 1 decrement step each (from the default factory settings) and used the same bottle of gas and start up procedures. The starting temperature was 860 deg C (as compared to 930deg C earlier). But have a couple of questions to ask:

    1) What does the parameter Uaccel2 do to pump operation? I noticed that it is originally at a much higher setting than Uaccel1.

    2) Does the decrement in Uaccel 1 and Uaccel2 voltages have any effect on turbine spooling time? Or are these 2 parameters affecting only the starting pump voltages?

    Thanks.


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    RE: High start temperature

    Hello,

    These parameters are for open loop control of the turbine during start up. U1 just gets the kerosene lit, and U2 ramps it up to a steady running state.

    Once the turbine is started they are not used hence no effect of performance.

    Hope that helps,
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    RE: High start temperature

    i use the green coleman bottles with dreamworks fitting outside the plane. starts right away and is safer then being in the plane.. i am new at turbines and the easier the better..

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    RE: High start temperature

    Hi ricardinho
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