A numerical and experimental study of partial admission in a low reaction two-stage axial air test turbine is performed in this paper. In order to model one part load configuration, corresponding to zero flow in one of the admission arcs, the inlet was blocked at one segmental arc, at the leading edge of the first stage guide vanes. Due to the unsymmetrical geometry, the full annulus of the turbine was modeled numerically. The computational domain contained the shroud and disk cavities. The full admission turbine configuration was also modeled for reference comparisons. Computed unsteady forces of the first stage rotor blades showed cyclic change both in magnitude and direction while moving around the circumference. Unsteady forces of first stage rotor blades were plotted in the frequency domain using Fourier analysis. The largest amplitudes caused by partial admission were at first and second multiples of rotational frequency due to the existence of single blockage and change in the force direction. Unsteady forces of rotating blades in a partial admission turbine could cause unexpected failures in operation; therefore, knowledge about the frequency content of the unsteady force vector and the related amplitudes is vital to the design process of partial admission turbine blades. The pressure plots showed that the nonuniformity in the static pressure field decreases considerably downstream of the second stage’s stator row, while the nonuniformity in the dynamic pressure field is still large. The numerical results between the first stage’s stator and rotor rows showed that the leakage flow leaves the blade path down into the disk cavity in the admitted sector and re-enters downstream of the blocked channel. This process compensates for the sudden pressure drop downstream of the blockage but reduces the momentum of the main flow.
Unsteady Forces of Rotor Blades in Full and Partial Admission Turbines
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Hushmandi, N. B., Fridh, J. E., and Fransson, T. H. (April 25, 2011). "Unsteady Forces of Rotor Blades in Full and Partial Admission Turbines." ASME. J. Turbomach. October 2011; 133(4): 041017. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4002408
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