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The Interaction of Turbine Inter-Platform Leakage Flow With the Mainstream Flow

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Kevin Reid, John Denton, Graham Pullan, Eric Curtis, John Longley

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. GT2005-68151, pp. 429-437; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2005: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Turbo Expo 2005, Parts A and B
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 6–9, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4730-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3754-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Individual nozzle guide vanes (NGVs) in modern aero engines are often cast as a single piece with integral hub and casing endwalls. When in operation there is a leakage flow through the chord-wise inter-platform gaps. An investigation into the effect of this leakage flow on turbine performance is presented. Efficiency measurements and NGV exit area traverse data from a low speed research turbine are reported. Tests show that this leakage flow can have a significant impact on turbine performance, but that below a threshold leakage fraction this penalty does not rise with increasing leakage flow rate. The effect of various seal clearances are also investigated. Results from steady-state simulations using a three-dimensional multiblock RANS solver are presented with particular emphasis paid to the physics of the mainstream/leakage interaction and the loss generation.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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