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The Effect of Reynolds and Mach Number on End-Wall Profiling Performance

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Raúl Vázquez, Vicente Jerez Fidalgo

ITP Industria de Turbo Propulsores S.A., Madrid, Spain

Paper No. GT2010-22765, pp. 1357-1368; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 7: Turbomachinery, Parts A, B, and C
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4402-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper shows an experimental back-to-back comparison carried out between two annular cascades of identical turbine airfoils operating at the same flow conditions; one of them had axysimmetric endwalls and, the other, non-axysimmetric. The annular cascades consisted of 100 high lift, high aspect ratio and high turning blades that are characteristic of modern low pressure (LP) turbines. Upstream and downstream data were obtained with miniature pneumatic probes. The static pressure fields on the airfoil surface and the end-walls were measured with more than 200 sensors. The motivation of this work is to improve the understanding of profiled end-wall performance in the following three aspects: A. Explore the performance of profiled non-axysimmetric end-walls at off design conditions, namely its sensitivity to Reynolds and Mach numbers, analyzing how the turbine characteristics are modified. For that purpose, the experiment was carried out for a wide range of Reynolds numbers, extending from 120k to 315k, and exit Mach numbers, extending from 0.5 to 0.9. B. Determine experimentally the stagnation pressure loss improvement due to profiled non-axysimmetric end-walls in a relevant environment. C. Investigate further the physical mechanisms that govern the variation of stagnation pressure losses of profiled end-walls. CFD results are presented and are compared with experimental results in terms of total pressure loss, helicity and SKEH.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Mach number



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