Losses on the turbine consist of the mechanical loss, tip clearance loss, secondary flow loss and blade profile loss etc.,. More than 60 % of total losses on the turbine is generated by the two latter loss mechanisms. These losses are directly related with the reduction of turbine efficiency. In order to provide a new design methodology for reducing losses and increasing turbine efficiency, a two-dimensional axial-type turbine blade shape is modified by the optimization process with two-dimensional compressible flow analysis codes, which are validated by the experimental results on the VKI turbine blade. A turbine blade profile is selected at the mean radius of turbine rotor using on a heavy duty gas turbine, and optimized at the operating condition. Shape parameters, which are employed to change the blade shape, are applied as design variables in the optimization process. Aerodynamic, mechanical and geometric constraints are imposed to ensure that the optimized profile meets all engineering restrict conditions. The objective function is the pitchwise area averaged total pressure at the 30 % axial chord downstream from the trailing edge. 13 design variables are chosen for blade shape modification. A 10.8 % reduction of total pressure loss on the turbine rotor is achieved by this process, which is same as a more than 1 % total-to-total efficiency increase. The computed results are compared with those using 11 design variables, and show that optimized results depend heavily on the accuracy of blade design.
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- A :
Blade sectional area
- Cl :
Blade loading coefficient (lift/dynamic pressure)
- C p :
Axial chord length
Tangential chord length
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- Re :
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- v :
- w :
- x :
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- xl :
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- X :
- Y :
Total pressure loss coefficient
Turbulence dissipation rate
Angle on the blade surface
Enthalpy loss coefficient
Inlet flow condition
Outlet flow condition
Value at reference location
Nozzle inlet, nozzle exit, rotor exit
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Cho, S., Yoon, E. & Choi, B. A study on an axial-type 2-D turbine blade shape for reducing the blade profile loss. KSME International Journal 16, 1154–1164 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02984026
- Turbine Blade Design
- Turbine Blade Optimization
- Axial-Type Turbine
- Shape Parameters
- 2-D Turbine Blade
- Compressible Flow Analysis
- Heavy Duty Gas Turbine