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The Influence of Transition on CFD Calculations of a Two-Stage Counter-Rotating Turbine

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M. Bugra Akin, Wolfgang Sanz

Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

Paper No. GT2014-26044, pp. V02BT39A021; 14 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2B: Turbomachinery
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4561-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Accurate numerical simulations depend on the correct prediction of all relevant flow phenomena. For many aeronautical devices such as turbomachinery the behaviour of boundary layers, wall shear stress and wall heat transfer are significant for the performance. Turbulence and transition may influence such flow characteristics. Onset and the extent of transition can therefore be of high importance for the design process.

In this paper three-dimensional steady-state simulations of a two-stage turbine with and without modeling of transition are performed. The configuration consists of a transonic high pressure turbine stage followed by an S-shaped turning mid turbine frame and a counter-rotating low pressure turbine rotor. The in-house Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes solver has been applied to this configuration with the correlation based γ–Reθ transition model developed by Menter et al. which has been added to the SST turbulence model. Also, calculations without transition with the SST and the Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model have been performed. This configuration is also the subject of experimental investigations at the Institute for Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics at Graz University of Technology, so that measurement data at two planes are used for the verification of the simulations. After verification and flow analysis, the results are also discussed to evaluate the effect of modeling transition phenomena. An analysis of the overall efficiency of the turbine and the efficiency losses in the blade and vane rows are finally presented.

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