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A Study of the Heat Transfer in Winglet and Squealer Rotor Tip Configurations for a Non-Cooled HPT Blade Based on CFD Calculations

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Lucilene Moraes da Silva, Jesuino Takachi Tomita

Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica, ITA, São José dos Campos, SP, Brazil

Paper No. GT2013-95164, pp. V03CT14A023; 14 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 3C: Heat Transfer
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5516-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


HPT operate at high pressure and temperatures. One of the most important loss sources is the tip leakage flow on the rotor tip region. The flow that leaks in this region does not participate in the energy transfer process between the hot gas and rotor blade row. Hence, the main flow suffers a penalty to maintain the energy conservation. To try decreasing this mass flow leakage some techniques can be applied. The most common are the winglet and squealer rotor tip configuration. These techniques improve the turbine performance, but some attention should be taken into account because the temperature distribution changes on this region for different tip configurations. In this work, the winglet and squealer tip geometries are compared with the common flat tip configuration. The analysis was performed for design and off-design conditions. The HPT developed in the E3 program was used as baseline turbine to explore the differences of the flowfield on the rotor tip region. The results are compared and discussed in detail.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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