In recent years, overspray fogging has become a powerful means for power augmentation of industrial gas turbines (GT). Most of the studies concerning this topic focus on the problem from a thermodynamic point of view. Only a few studies, however, were undertaken to investigate the droplet behavior in the flow channel of a compressor. In this paper, results of experimental investigation of a water laden flow through a transonic compressor cascade are presented. A finely dispersed spray was used in the measurements (D10 < 10 μm). Results of the droplet behavior are shown in terms of shadowgraphy images and images of the blade surface film pattern. The angle of attack, the incoming velocity, and the water load were varied. The qualitative observations are related to laser Doppler and phase Doppler anemometer (LDA/PDA) data taken in the flow channel and at the outlet of the cascade. The data represent a base for numerical and mean line models of two-phase compressor flow.
Experimental Investigation on Droplet Behavior in a Transonic Compressor Cascade
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Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TURBOMACHINERY. Manuscript received July 25, 2014; final manuscript received August 4, 2014; published online October 7, 2014. Editor: Ronald Bunker.
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Neupert, N., Ober, B., and Joos, F. (October 7, 2014). "Experimental Investigation on Droplet Behavior in a Transonic Compressor Cascade." ASME. J. Turbomach. March 2015; 137(3): 031009. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4028351
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