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Analysis of Turbulent Flow in 180° Turning Ducts With and Without Guide Vanes

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Jiang Luo, Eli H. Razinsky

Solar Turbines, Inc., San Diego, CA

Paper No. GT2007-28173, pp. 899-908; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2007, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4793-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper presents a numerical study of the turbulent flows through a number of 2-D and 3-D 180° U-ducts, with and without guide vanes, using the Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes method. Computations have been first carried out for a 2-D U-duct flow (W/H = 1.0) with four turbulence models (V2F, k-ε, SST and Reynolds stress). The models’ capability for streamline curvature effects on turbulence and separation has been assessed, using flow and turbulence data. The effects of adding a guide vane inside the bend have been analyzed, to reduce/avoid flow separation. Three vanes with different radial locations have been studied, and the mechanism for pressure loss reduction has been examined. Analyses have been performed for turbulent flows in 3-D U-ducts with square cross-section and sharp 180° turning (W/D = 0.2), similar to the U-bends in typical turbine blade cooling passages. The predictions are compared with the data of outer wall pressure. The effects of the guide vane and outer-wall shape on the flow separation, secondary-flow vortices and pressure loss have been evaluated. The combined vane and uniform cross-section area provide a large benefit for the flow distribution and pressure loss reduction.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Turbulence , Turning , Ducts



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