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The three types of ignition systems used on turbine engines are induction, capacitor discharge, and glow plug. The most common ignition system used on Army aircraft is the capacitor discharge. The induction and capacitor systems use a spark producing plug to ignite the fuel air mixture.

Because of the high operating temperatures of turbine engines, an internal cooling system is used. Cooling air forms a blanket of air around the combustion chamber.

Instrumentation consists of tachometers, torquemeters, and pressure and temperature gages for monitoring engine performance.


David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015