Fluid dynamics, Turbines
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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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Engineering; Thermo-Fluids Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering and Computer Science -- Dissertations, Academic
Harris, Melissa, "Purge And Secondary Flow Interaction Control By Means Of Platform Circumferential Contouring" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1743.