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An Experimental Investigation Into Turbine Flutter Characteristic at Different Tip-Clearances

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X. Q. Huang, L. He

University of Durham, Durham, UK

D. L. Bell

ALSTOM Power, Ltd., Rugby, UK

Paper No. GT2006-90541, pp. 1071-1080; 10 pages
  • 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


This paper documents an investigation into unsteady flow in a three-dimensional oscillating turbine cascade with emphasis on the influence of tip clearance. Systematic experimental measurements were performed on a low-speed turbine cascade rig. The cascade consists of seven prismatic turbine blades, with the middle blade being driven to oscillate in a three-dimensional bending/flapping mode. Blades were instrumented with pressure tappings at six span-wise sections to facilitate three dimensional steady and unsteady pressure measurements on the blade surface. The steady pressure measurements are complemented by CFD simulations. Both are in a good agreement and indicate a marked local pressure suction peak at 70–90% chord on the suction surface resulting from the tip-clearance vortex. The measured unsteady pressure shows that this tip-clearance induced suction peak has a significant destabilising influence on the aerodynamic damping at a large tip-clearance (5% chord). Whilst at a small tip clearance (1.25–2.5% chord), the tip-clearance actually has a stabilising effect. The behaviour is in line with a quasi-steady analysis.

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