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Influence of Rotor Blade Fillets on Aerodynamic Performance of Turbine Stage

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Yan Shi, Jun Li, Zhenping Feng

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Paper No. GT2010-23721, pp. 1657-1668; 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


In this paper, steady and unsteady flow simulations were performed to investigate the influence of rotor fillet on the performance of turbine stage, based on 3D compressible Navier-Stokes equations closed with the Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model. The profile of Aachen turbine was employed and the fillet modeled by two shape parameters was placed at the junctions between the rotor blade and the endwalls (at both tip and hub). Based on the comparisons of the efficiency and the flow rate of turbine stage among the cases with different fillet shapes, the roles of two shape parameters were evaluated. To understand the mechanism of the rotor fillet influence on the flow field, the aerodynamic load, secondary flow and loss were analyzed and compared between the cases with and without the rotor fillet. It is found that the fillet is capable of restraining the flow separation near the leading edge of the rotor blade while inducing the displacement of the flow from the endwalls towards the mid-span, which enhances the loss generated by the interaction between the secondary flow and the main stream. Consequently, associated with the distribution of the loss at the outlet of the turbine stage, the best clocking position near the endwalls for the downstream blade moves about 10%∼20% of rotor pitch in the direction of rotor rotation. Therefore, the shape of the fillet in the rotor blade should be especially controlled in the process of the rotor design and manufacture, even though it is a minor part in the turbomachine.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Rotors , Turbines , Blades



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