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Prediction of Ingress Through Turbine Rim Seals: Part 1—Externally-Induced Ingress

[+] Author Affiliations
J. Michael Owen, Oliver Pountney, Mike Wilson, Gary Lock

University of Bath, Bath, UK

Kunyuan Zhou

Beihang University, Beijing, China

Paper No. GT2010-23346, pp. 1217-1234; 18 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4399-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Rotationally-induced (RI) ingress is caused by the negative pressure (relative to the external air) inside the wheel-space of a gas turbine; this negative pressure, which is created by the rotating flow in the wheel-space, drives the ingestion of hot gas through the rim seals. Externally-induced (EI) ingress is caused by the circumferential distribution of pressure created by the blades and vanes in the turbine annulus: ingress occurs in those regions where the external pressure is higher than that in the wheel-space, and egress occurs where it is lower. Although EI ingress is the dominant mechanism for hotgas ingestion in engines, there are some conditions in which RI ingress has an influence: this is referred to as combined ingress (CI). In Part 1 of this two-part paper, values of the sealing effectiveness (obtained using the incompressible orifice equations developed for EI ingress in an earlier paper) are compared with published experimental data and with results obtained using 3D steady compressible CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). Acceptable limits of the incompressible-flow assumption are quantified for the orifice model; for the CFD, even though the Mach number in the annulus reaches approximately 0.65, it is shown that the incompressible orifice equations are still valid. The results confirm that EI ingress is caused predominantly by the magnitude of the peak-to-trough circumferential difference of pressure in the annulus; the shape of the pressure distribution is of secondary importance for the prediction of ingress. A simple equation, derived from the orifice model, provides a very good correlation of the computed values of effectiveness. Using this correlation, it is possible to estimate the minimum sealing flow rate to prevent ingress without the need to know anything about the pressure distribution in the annulus; this makes the orifice model a powerful tool for rim-seal design.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Turbines



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