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Improving Turbine Efficiency Using Non-Axisymmetric End Walls: Validation in the Multi-Row Environment and With Low Aspect Ratio Blading

[+] Author Affiliations
N. W. Harvey, G. Brennan, D. A. Newman

Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, UK

M. G. Rose

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

Paper No. GT2002-30337, pp. 119-126; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2002: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 5: Turbo Expo 2002, Parts A and B
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 3–6, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3610-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3601-0
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper describes how the Intermediate Pressure (IP) turbine model rig of the Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engine was redesigned by applying non-axisymmetric end walls to both the vane and blade passages. The blading aerofoil shapes, the turbine operating point and the overall flow conditions were unaltered from the original design. The results from testing of the model rig are presented and compared with those obtained previously for the datum design. A feature of this is that the IP turbine was tested in a “two-shaft” arrangement with the (upstream) Trent 500 High Pressure (HP) model turbine. Previously, non-axisymmetric end wall profiling had been shown to achieve a 0.59 ± 0.25% improvement in the stage efficiency of the Trent 500 HP model turbine when tested as a single stage, Rose et al. [1]. This had exceeded the design expectation of 0.4% improvement, Brennan et al. [4] — based on previous linear cascade research at Durham University, see Harvey et al. [2] and Hartland et al. [3]. The IP and HP turbines with profiled end walls were tested together, while for the datum test both model turbines had blading with axisymmetric end walls. The results have met expectations with an improvement in the IP turbine stage efficiency of 0.9 ± 0.4% at the design point. The turbine characteristics are shown to change significantly from the datum test.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Turbines



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