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Influence of cavity flow on turbine aerodynamics

Fiore, Maxime. Influence of cavity flow on turbine aerodynamics. PhD, Fluide Mechanics, Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, 2019, 314 p.

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In order to deal with high temperatures faced by the components downstream of the combustion chamber, some relatively cold air is bled at the compressor. This air feeds the cavities under the turbine main annulus and cool down the rotor disks ensuring a proper and safe operation of the turbine. This thesis manuscript introduces a numerical study of the effect of the cavity flow close to the turbine hub on its aerodynamic performance. The interaction phenomena between the cavity and main annulus flow are not currently fully understood. The study of these phenomena is performed based on different numerical approaches (RANS, LES and LES-LBM) applied to two configurations for which experimental results are available. A linear cascade configuration with an upstream cavity and various rim seal geometries (interface between rotor and stator platform) and cavity flow rate available. A rotating configuration that is a two stage turbine including cavities close to realistic industrial configurations. Additional losses incurred by the cavity flow are measured and studied using a method based on exergy (energy balance in the purpose to generate work).

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Centre Européen de Recherche et Formation Avancées en Calcul Scientifique - CERFACS (FRANCE)
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Research Director:
Gourdain, Nicolas and Boussuge, Jean-François
Deposited On:10 Jun 2020 13:15

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