Numerical Analysis of Fluid Flow in an Internal Turbine Blade Cooling Passage FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Marc L. Babich, Song-Lin Yang, Donna J. Michalek, Oner Arici

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Paper No. 95-GT-265, pp. V001T01A073; 8 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


The need to develop ultra-high efficiency turbines demands the exploration of methods which will improve the thermal efficiency and the specific thrust of the engine. One means of achieving these goals is to increase the turbine inlet temperature. In order to accomplish this, further advances in turbine blade cooling technology will have to be realized. A technique which has only recently been used in the analysis of turbine blade cooling is computational fluid dynamics. The purpose of this paper is to present a numerical study of the flowfield inside of the internal cooling passage of a radial turbine blade. The passage is modeled as two-dimensional and non-rotating. The flowfield solutions are obtained using a pseudo-compressible formulation of the Navier-Stokes equations. The spatial discretization is performed using a symmetric second-order accurate TVD (Total Variational Diminishing) scheme. Calculations are performed on a multi-block-structured grid. Turbulence is modeled using a modified κ-ω model. In the absence of experimental data, results appear to be realistic based on common experiences with fluid mechanics.

Copyright © 1995 by ASME
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