In high-pressure turbines, a small amount of cold flow is ejected at the hub from the cavity that exists between the stator and the rotor disk. This prevents the ingestion of hot gases into the wheel-space cavity, thus avoiding possible damage. This paper analyses the interaction between the hub-endwall cavity flow and the mainstream in a high-pressure transonic turbine stage. Several cooling flow ratios are investigated under engine representative conditions. Both time-averaged and time-resolved data are presented. The experimental data is successfully compared with the results of a 3D steady Navier-Stokes computation. Despite the small amount of gas ejected, the hub-endwall cavity flow has a significant influence on the mainstream flow. The Navier-Stokes predictions show how the ejected cold flow is entrained by the rotor hub vortex. The time-resolved static pressure field around the rotor is greatly affected when traversing the non-uniform vane exit flow field. When the cavity flow rate is increased, the unsteady forces on the rotor airfoil are reduced. This is linked to the decrease of vane exit Mach number caused by the blockage of the ejected flow.

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