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Investigation of Applicability of Using Water Mist for Cooling High-Pressure Turbine Components via Rotor Cavity Feed Channels

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Reda Ragab, Ting Wang

University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Paper No. HT2013-17150, pp. V003T08A004; 13 pages
  • ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Volume 3: Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing and Manufacturing; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Symposium in Honor of Professor Richard Goldstein; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Spalding; Symposium in Honor of Prof. Arthur E. Bergles
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, July 14–19, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5549-2
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Mist cooling has been considered as a potential means to significantly enhance cooling the hot components of a gas turbine. However, it is a great challenge to transport mist to locations where cooling is needed due to the high temperature environment and rotating components in the gas turbines. One plausible way is to transport high-pressure water to the rotor cover-plate cavity via a feed channel passing through the vane. The high-pressure water is then atomized to fine droplets (mist) that can be used to cool the rotor cover-plate cavity and possibly the blades as well. This study is focused on investigating whether pressurized liquid water can resist boiling during its transportation through the hot vane and gas turbine interior walls. Both 1-D empirical correlations and a 3-D flow computational scheme are used. Results show what could happen during the water transport in the feed channel with various inlet and boundary conditions. Conditions that can avoid boiling have been identified.

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