Investigation of flow in axial turbine stage without shroud-seal
VZLU, a.s., Beranových 130, Prague–Letňany, Czech Republic
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Published online: 6 May 2015
This article deals with investigation of the influence of the radial gaps on the efficiency of the axial turbine stage. The investigation was carried out for the axial stage of the low-power turbine with the drum-type rotor without the shroud. In this configuration the flow through the radial gap under the hub-end of the stator blades and above the tip-end of the rotor blades leads to generation of the strong secondary flows, which decrease the efficiency of the stage. This problem was studied by experiment as well as by numerical modelling. The experiment was performed on the test rig equipped with the water brake dynamometer, torque meter and rotatable stator together with the linear probe manipulator. Numerical modelling was carried out for both the steady flow using the ”mixing plane” interface and the unsteady flow using the ”sliding mesh” interface between the stator and rotor wheels. The influence of the radial gap was studied in two configuration a) positive and b) negative overlapping of the tip-ends of the rotor blades. The efficiency of the axial stage in dependence on the expansion ratio, velocity ratio and the configuration as well as the details of the flow fields are presented in this paper.
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