The Solution-Adaptive Numerical Simulation of the 3D Viscous Flow in the Serpentine Coolant Passage of a Radial Inflow Turbine Blade PUBLIC ACCESS

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W. N. Dawes

Whittle Laboratory, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. 92-GT-193, pp. V004T09A010; 8 pages
  • ASME 1992 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Cologne, Germany, June 1–4, 1992
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7896-5
  • Copyright © 1992 by ASME


This paper describes the application of a solution-adaptive, three dimensional Navier-Stokes solver to the problem of the flow in turbine internal coolant passages. First the variation of Nusselt number in a cylindrical, multi-ribbed duct is predicted and found to be in acceptable agreement with experimental data. Then the flow is computed in the serpentine coolant passage of a radial inflow turbine including modelling the internal baffles and pin fins. The aerodynamics of the passage, particularly that associated with the pin fins, is found to be complex. The predicted heat transfer coefficients allow zones of poor coolant penetration and potential hot spots to be identified.

Copyright © 1992 by ASME
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