Fluid flow and heat transfer in transonic turbine cascades
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A 3-D Navier-Stokes code, the Moore Elliptic Flow Program (MEFP) is used to calculate steady flow and heat transfer in turbine rotor cascades. Successful calculations were performed on two different rotor profiles using a one-equation q-L transitional turbulence model. A series of programs was developed for the post-processing of the output from the flow solver. The calculations revealed details of the flow including boundary layer development, trailing edge shocks, flow transition and stagnation and peak heat transfer rates. The calculated pressure distributions, losses, transition ranges, boundary layer parameters and peak heat transfer rates to the blade are compared with the available experimental data. The comparisons indicate that the q-L transitional turbulence model is successful in predicting flows in transonic turbine blade rows. The results also indicate that the calculated loss levels are independent of the gridding used while the heat transfer rate predictions improve with finer grids.
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