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Numerical Study of the Flow Past an Axial Turbine Stator Casing and Perspectives for its Management

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Hakim T. K. Kadhim, Aldo Rona, Hayder M. B. Obaida, J. Paul Gostelow

University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Paper No. GT2017-63055, pp. V02BT41A002; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2B: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5079-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The interaction of secondary flow with the main passage flow results in entropy generation; this accounts for considerable losses in turbomachines. Low aspect ratio blades in an axial turbine lead to a high degree of secondary flow losses. A particular interest is the reduction in secondary flow strength at the turbine casing, which adversely affects the turbine performance. This paper presents a selective review of effective techniques for improving the performance of axial turbines by turbine end wall modifications. This encompasses the use of axisymmetric and non-axisymmetric end wall contouring and the use of fences. Specific attention is given to non-axisymmetric end walls and to their effect on secondary flow losses. A baseline three-dimensional steady RANS k-ω SST model, with axisymmetric walls, is validated against experimental measurements from the Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen, Germany, with comparative solutions generated by ANSYS Fluent and OpenFOAM. The predicted performance of the stator passage with an axisymmetric casing is compared with that from using a contoured casing with a groove designed using the Beta distribution function for guiding the groove shape. The prediction of a reduced total pressure loss coefficient with the application of the contoured casing supports the groove design approach based on the natural path of the secondary flow features. This work also provided an automated workflow process, linking surface definition in MATLAB, meshing in ICEM CFD, and flow solving and post-processing OpenFOAM. This has generated a casing contouring design tool with a good portability to industry, to design and optimize new turbine blade passages.

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