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InterTurb: High-Pressure Turbine Rig for the Investigation of Combustor-Turbine Interaction

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T. Wolf, K. Lehmann, L. Willer

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany

A. Pahs, M. Rößling, L. Dorn

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Göttingen, Germany

Paper No. GT2017-64153, pp. V02AT40A020; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5078-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG


This paper introduces a new 2-stage high-pressure turbine rig for aerodynamic investigations. It is operated by DLR Göttingen (Germany) and installed in DLR’s new testing facility NG-Turb. The rig’s geometrical size as well as the non-dimensional parameters are comparable to a modern engine in the small to medium thrust range. The turbine rig closely resembles engine hardware and features all relevant blade and vane cooling as well as secondary air-system flows. The effect of variations of each individual flow and different tip clearances on overall turbine efficiency will be studied. While the first part of the testing program will be based on uniform inlet conditions the second part will be run with a combustor simulator, which is based on electrical heaters and delivers a flow field similar to a rich-burn combustor. In order to find the optimum relative position for maximum turbine efficiency the combustor simulator can be rotated relative to the HPT inlet (clocking). For the same reasons the stators can also be clocked.

The paper gives a brief overview of the testing facility and from there on focuses on the HPT rig features such as aerodynamic design, cooling and sealing flows. The aerodynamic optimisation of the stator vanes and shroudless rotor blades will be outlined. Further topics are the aerodynamic design of the combustor simulator, a comparison with engine combustors as well as the implementation in the rig. The paper also describes the rig instrumentation in the stationary and rotating system which most importantly focuses on measurements of efficiency and capturing of traverse data. The topic of blade and vane manufacturing via direct metal laser sintering will be briefly covered. The discussion of test results and comparison with numerical simulations will be the subject of a follow-up paper.

Copyright © 2017 by Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG



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