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Large-Eddy Simulation for Turbine Heat Transfer

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Gorazd Medic, Jongwook Joo, Om Sharma

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT

Ivana Milanovic

University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

Paper No. GT2013-95841, pp. V03CT14A028; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 3C: Heat Transfer
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5516-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by United Technologies Corporation


Heat transfer in a high-pressure turbine configuration (from an experiment documented in [1–2]) has been analyzed by means of large-eddy simulation. Blair’s large-scale rotating rig consists of a first stator, a rotor and an exit stator. Flow and heat transfer in the first stator are assessed for two configurations — with and without the presence of turbulence generating grid. A particular challenge here is that turbulence grid generates fairly high levels of inlet turbulence with turbulence intensity (TU) of about 10% just upstream of leading edge; this in turn moves the transition location upstream in a dramatic fashion. As far as the rotor blade is concerned, the flow and heat transfer is also analyzed experimentally for a range of incidence angles assessing the pressure side heat transfer increase at negative incidence angles. Several challenging aspects relevant to flow in the rotor are also considered — the three-dimensionality of pressure side flow separation at negative incidence, the impact of upstream stator wakes, as well as the role of surface roughness.

Copyright © 2013 by United Technologies Corporation



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