In this study, two time-accurate Navier-Stokes analyses were obtained to predict the first-vane/first-blade interaction in a 1 and 1/2-stage turbine rig for comparison with measurements. In the first computation, airfoil scaling was applied to the turbine blade to achieve periodicity in the circumferential direction while modeling 1/18 of the annulus. In the second, 1/4 of the wheel was modeled without the use of airfoil scaling. For both simulations the predicted unsteady pressures on the blade were similar in terms of time-averaged pressure distributions and peak-peak unsteady pressure envelopes. However, closer inspection of the predictions in the frequency domain revealed significant differences in the magnitudes of unsteadiness at twice vane-passing frequency (and the vane-passing frequency itself, to a lesser extent). The results of both computations were compared to measurements of the vane-blade interaction in a full-scale turbine rig representative of an early design iteration of the PW6000 engine. These measurements were made in the short-duration turbine-test facility at The Ohio State University Gas Turbine Laboratory. The experimentally determined, time-resolved pressures were in good agreement with those predicted with the 1/4-wheel simulation.

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