A Three Dimensional Inverse Method in Turbomachinery: Part I — Theory PUBLIC ACCESS

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João Eduardo Borges

Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal

Paper No. 89-GT-136, pp. V001T01A055; 9 pages
  • ASME 1989 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 4–8, 1989
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7913-9
  • Copyright © 1989 by ASME


There are surprisingly few inverse methods described in the literature that are truly three-dimensional. Here, one such method is presented. This technique uses as input a prescribed distribution of the mean swirl, i.e., radius times mean tangential velocity, given throughout the meridional section of the machine. In the present implementation the flow is considered inviscid and incompressible and is assumed irrotational at inlet to the blade row. In order to evaluate the velocity field inside the turbomachine, the blades (supposed infinitely thin) are replaced by sheets of vorticity whose strength is related to the specified mean swirl. Some advice on the choice of a suitable mean swirl distribution is given. In order to assess the usefulness of the present procedure, it was decided to apply it to the design of an impeller of a low-speed radial-inflow turbine. The results of the tests are described in the second part of this paper.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
Topics: Turbomachinery
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