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Two-Phase Flow Modeling and Measurements in Low-Pressure Turbines: Part 2 — Turbine Wetness Measurement and Comparison to CFD-Predictions

[+] Author Affiliations
M. Schatz, T. Eberle, M. Grübel, J. Starzmann, D. M. Vogt

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

N. Sürken

Siemens AG, Mühlheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany

Paper No. GT2014-25245, pp. V01BT27A006; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1B: Marine; Microturbines, Turbochargers and Small Turbomachines; Steam Turbines
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4558-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by Siemens Energy, Inc.


The correct computation of steam subcooling, subsequent formation of nuclei and finally droplet growth is the basic prerequisite for a quantitative assessment of the wetness losses incurred in steam turbines due to thermal and inertial relaxation. The same basically applies for the prediction of droplet deposition and the resulting threat of erosion.

Despite the fact that there are many CFD-packages that can deal with real-gas effects in steam flows, the accurate and reliable prediction of subcooling, condensation and wet steam flow in steam turbines using CFD is still a demanding task.

One reason for this is the lack of validation data for turbines that can be used to assess the physical models applied. Experimental data from nozzle and cascade tests can be found in the open literature; however, this data is only partly useful for validation purposes for a number of reasons. With regard to steam turbine test data, there are some publications, yet always without any information about the turbine stage geometries.

This publication is part of a two-part paper; whereas part 1 focuses on the numerical validation of wet steam models by means of condensing nozzle and cascade flows, the focus in this part lies on the comparison of CFD results of the turbine flow to experimental data at various load conditions. In order to assess the validity and reliability of the experimental data, the method of measurement is presented in detail and discussed. The comparison of experimental and numerical results is used for a discussion about the challenges in both modeling and measuring steam turbine flows, presenting the current experience and knowledge at ITSM.

Copyright © 2014 by Siemens Energy, Inc.



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