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Analysis of Some Improved Blade Tip Concepts

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Chander Prakash, Ching-Pang Lee, David Cherry, Aspi Wadia, Roger Doughty

GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, OH

Paper No. GT2005-68333, pp. 529-533; 5 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


Over tip leakage in high-pressure turbines contributes to aerodynamic losses and migration of hot gasses towards the tip resulting in increased thermal distress. Consequently, turbine designers continue to search for improved blade tip concepts that offer the promise of reducing tip leakage. The present paper deals with the CFD analyses of some such tip configurations. The geometries, patented by GE, are variants of a conventional squealer tip and include (i) a pressure side tip shelf with vertical squealer tip wall, and (ii) a pressure side tip shelf with an inclined squealer tip wall. It is found that the inclined shelf results in separation of flow leaking over the tip resulting in reduced leakage and improved efficiency. The inclined shelf also shows a reduced efficiency derivative with clearance.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Blades



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