Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Secondary Flow in Modern State-of-the-Art Low Pressure Guide Vane Rows PUBLIC ACCESS

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Ernst Lindner

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. 95-GT-189, pp. V001T01A048; 13 pages
  • ASME 1995 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 5–8, 1995
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7878-1
  • Copyright © 1995 by ASME


To enhance the performance of the inlet guide vane and the annular duct of a jet engine, a detailed investigation of annular cascades with two different types of turbine guide vane rows is made. The first one is a leaned guide vane with an aspect ratio of two and a half and a transition duct ahead of the vane. To avoid the losses associated to the decelerating transition duct an alternative vane is designed and investigated with the same inlet and exit conditions. In this case the chord of the vane is increased to the effect that the vane begins immediately at the enterance of the diverging annulus and so a continuously accelerated flow is achieved. To maintain a good performance for this configuration a bowed-type vane with an aspect ratio of one is designed.

The aim of the investigation is to obtain detailed informations on the secondary flow behaviour with particular regard to the development of the total pressure losses and the streamwise vorticity of the vortices inside and behind the blade rows. In the first step a three-dimensional, structured, explicit finite-volume flow-solver with a kε turbulence model is validated against the measurements, which were made in cross-sections behind the blades. Having proved that the numerical results are very close to the experimental ones, the secondary flow behaviour inside and behind the blade rows is analysed in the second step. By calculating the streamwise vorticity from the numerical results the formation of horse-shoe vortex, passage-vortex and the trailing edge vortex shed is investigated. The differences of the vortical motion and the formation of the total pressure losses between the two configurations of turbine guide vane rows are discussed.

Copyright © 1995 by ASME
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