Aerodynamic experiments on three cascades of an 850-mm steam turbine blade have been performed. Several Schlieren photographs that give clear shock structures and dynamic performances at different Mach numbers have been obtained by a Schlieren-videcorder system. On the basis of the experimental data, we analyzed the generation and development of the shock patterns in the transonic turbine casade channel and their influence on the aerodynamic performance was analyzed. Through discussions and analysis, it is shown that these cascades characterize high loading capacity with satisfactory efficiency.

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