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Transition Modelling for Vortex Generating Jets on Low-Pressure Turbine Profiles

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Florian Herbst, Joerg R. Seume

Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Dragan Kožulović

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Paper No. GT2011-45621, pp. 1197-1208; 12 pages
  • ASME 2011 Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Turbomachinery, Parts A, B, and C
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 6–10, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5467-9
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Steady blowing vortex generating jets (VGJ) on highly-loaded low-pressure turbine profiles have shown to be a promising way to decrease total pressure losses at low Reynolds-numbers by reducing laminar separation. In the present paper, the state of the art turbomachinery design code TRACE with RANS turbulence closure and coupled γ-ReΘ transition model is applied to the prediction of typical aerodynamic design parameters of various VGJ configurations in steady simulations. High-speed cascade wind tunnel experiments for a wide range of Reynolds-numbers, two VGJ positions, and three jet blowing ratios are used for validation. Since the original transition model overpredicts separation and losses at Re2 is ≤ 100 ·103 an extra mode for VGJ induced transition is introduced. Whereas the criterion for transition is modelled by a filtered Q vortex criterion the transition development itself is modelled by a reduction of the local transition-onset momentum-thickness Reynolds number. The new model significantly improves the quality of the computational results by capturing the corresponding local transition process in a physically reasonable way. This is shown to yield an improved quantitative prediction of surface pressure distributions and total pressure losses.

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