Keywords

Fluid dynamics, Turbines

Abstract

This study presents an attempt to reduce the losses produced by the purge flow in a turbine stage by incorporating circumferential platform contouring. Two contours are proposed and compared against a baseline at different levels of swirl. The computational simulations were performed using a RANS three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics code with the Shear Stress Transport turbulence model. The results of steady simulations demonstrate that for the first contour, when the flow is swirled to 50% of the rim speed, the purge flow exits the cavity with less cross flow. This in turn reduces the strength of the passage vortex. However, at swirl extremes of 0% and 100% the baseline has the best performance. The results show that a carefully designed platform has the potential to reduce losses when the operating condition is in the proximity of 50% swirl.

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Graduation Date

2011

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Kapat, Jayanta

Degree

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering; Thermo-Fluids Track

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004163

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004163

Language

English

Release Date

December 2011

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering and Computer Science -- Dissertations, Academic

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