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CFD Investigation on the Rotordynamic Characteristics of Shroud Leakage Flow in High Pressure Steam Turbine

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Noriyo Nishijima, Akira Endo, Kazuyuki Yamaguchi

Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. GT2013-94357, pp. V07BT30A009; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7B: Structures and Dynamics
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5527-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


We conducted a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study to investigate the rotordynamic characteristics of the shroud labyrinth seal of a high-pressure steam turbine.

Four different CFD models were constructed to investigate the appropriate modeling approach for evaluating the seal force of an actual steam turbine because shroud seals are generally short with fewer fins and the effect of surrounding flow field is thought to be large. The four models are a full model consisting of a 1-stage stator/rotor cascade and a labyrinth seal over the rotor shroud, a guide-vane model to simulate the condition similar to seal element experiments, and two other simplified models. The calculated stiffness coefficients of the four models did not agree and fell into two groups. Through careful investigations of flow fields, it was found that the difference could be explained by the circumferential mass flow distribution at the seal inlet and the mass flow bias rate is an important factor in evaluating the seal force of a turbine shroud. The results also indicate that the rotordynamic characteristics obtained from seal element experiments may differ from those of actual turbines, especially in short seals.

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