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Numerical Study of the Heat Transfer in Micro Gasturbines

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T. Verstraete, Z. Alsalihi, R. A. Van den Braembussche

von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium

Paper No. GT2006-90161, pp. 207-216; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2006-90161
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 5: Marine; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery; Oil and Gas Applications; Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4240-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME

abstract

This paper presents a numerical investigation of the heat transfer inside a micro gasturbine and its impact on the performance. The high temperature difference between turbine and compressor in combination with the small dimensions results in a high heat transfer causing a drop in efficiency of both components. Present study aims to quantify this heat transfer and to reveal the different mechanisms that contribute to it. A conjugate heat transfer solver has been developed for this purpose. It combines a 3D conduction calculation inside the rotor and the stator with a 3D flow calculation in the radial compressor, turbine and gap between stator and rotor. The results for micro gasturbines of different size and shape and different material characteristics are presented and the impact on performance is evaluated.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Heat transfer

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