Radial flow turbo machines have been used for a long time in a variety of applications such as turbochargers, cryogenics, auxiliary power units, and air conditioning of aircraft cabins. Hence numerous papers have been written on the design and performance of these machines. The only justification for yet another paper is that it would describe a unified approach for designing a single stage inward flow radial turbine comprising a rotor and the casing. The current turbine is designed to drive a direct-coupled permanent magnet high-speed alternator running at 60000 rpm and developing a maximum of 60 kW electrical power. The freedom of choice of the tip diameter and the tip width of the rotor that would be necessary for optimum isentropic efficiency of the turbine stage was restricted by the specified rotational speed and power output. Hence, an optimisation procedure was developed to determine the principal dimension of the rotor. The mean relative velocity in the rotor passages in the direction of the flow would be accelerated but flow velocity on the blade surfaces experiences a significant space rate of deceleration. The rate of deceleration can be controlled by means of a proper choice of the axial length of the rotor. A prescribed mean stream velocity distribution procedure was used to spread the rate of deceleration of the mean flow velocity along the meridional length of the flow passages. The nozzle-less volute casing was designed to satisfy the mass flow rate, energy and angular momentum equations simultaneously. This paper describes the work undertaken to design both the rotor and the casing. The work was motivated by the growing interest in developing gas turbine based hybrid power plant for road vehicles. The authors believe that the paper would lead to a stimulating discussion.

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