Endwall losses significantly contribute to the overall losses in modern turbomachinery, especially when aerodynamic load and pressure ratios are increased. In turbines with shrouded airfoils a large portion of these losses are generated by the leakage flow across the shroud clearance. For the design of modern jet engine turbines it becomes increasingly important to include the impact of shroud leakage flows in the aerodynamic design. There are two main aspects connected to this issue. The first aspect is to optimize the cavity flow and its interaction with the main flow. The second aspect is to perform the airfoil design with boundary conditions, which include the shroud leakage flow effects. In comparison to the simplified approach of neglecting the real endwall geometry and leakage flow this should enable the designer to produce improved airfoils for the entire span. In order to address the second aspect of supporting the airfoil design with improved shroud leakage consideration within the airfoil design process, an efficient procedure for modeling the shroud leakage flow has been implemented into the design Navier-Stokes code. The intention is to model the major leakage flow phenomena without the necessity of pre-defining all details of the shroud geometry. In the paper the results of this model are compared to conventional computations, computations with mesh-resolved cavities and experimental data. The differences are discussed and the impact of certain configuration aspects are analyzed.

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