Strut Influences Within a Diffusing Annular S-Shaped Duct PUBLIC ACCESS

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G. Norris, R. G. Dominy

University of Durham, Durham, United Kingdom

A. D. Smith

Rolls-Royce PLC, Derby, United Kingdom

Paper No. 98-GT-425, pp. V001T01A100; 8 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7862-0
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


Inter-turbine diffusers which provide flow continuity between the H.P. and L.P. turbines, are increasingly important within modern aero gas turbines, as the fan and hence L.P. turbine diameters increase with thrust. These gas turbines rely on struts within the inter-turbine diffuser to serve both as load bearing supports for inner spools and as passages to supply the engine with vital services such as cooling air and lubrication oil.

Experimental measurements have been made on a representative test rig in order to investigate the affect of a ring of struts on both the local and general flow phenomena as well as investigating their effect on overall duct performance. More realistic flow conditions are made available by the use of inlet wakes representative of those created by an upstream turbine row.

Measurements include static pressures on the strut and duct surfaces along with velocity and total pressure measurements at various axial locations. From these results calculations of total pressure loss have been made. The experimental results presented in this paper have been used to validate C.F.D. flow predictions on the duct with and without struts. The computational results included, capture the main physical features of the flow but clear limitations are observed and are discussed in this paper.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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