تجزیه و تحلیل عملکرد تجربی از منتشر کننده حلقوی با و بدون Struts
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|27538||2000||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Volume 22, Issues 3–4, September 2000, Pages 183–195
In this paper, the performance analysis of an annular diffuser is presented. In a typical industrial gas turbine diffuser, a certain number of structural members, called struts, serve both as load bearings support and as passages for cooling air and lubricant oil. Measurements were made in a 35% scaled down model of a PGT10 gas turbine exhaust diffuser with and without struts in order to determine the total and static pressure development and the effect of struts on both the local phenomena and the overall performance. More realistic flow conditions are made available by a ring of 24 axial guide vanes at inlet, which represent the last turbine rotor. The model has been tested on a wind tunnel facility developed at the University of Perugia with inlet speed around 80 m/s, allowing satisfactory accuracy for flow measurements and similarity with the PGT10 diffuser in terms of Reynolds number. Static pressure taps located at various streamwise positions on the hub and the casing allowed the estimation of pressure recovery development. A Pitot tube and a hot split-film anemometer were used to determine static and total pressure inside the diffuser at different axial positions. The comparison between the two cases, with and without the struts, was made also by the use of global parameters, which correlate static and total pressure. In a previous paper, a detailed three-dimensional analysis of the flow path inside the diffuser was presented and the detrimental effect of the struts, in terms of flow separation and unsteadiness, was discussed. The stationary flow measurements and the investigation of the diffuser without the struts are presented in this paper. The whole research project represent a complete diffuser investigation available to develop an optimal design and to advance the computational and design tools for gas turbine exhaust diffusers.
The exhaust diffuser of an industrial gas turbine recovers the static pressure by decelerating the turbine discharge flow. This allows an exhaust pressure lower than the atmospheric one, thus increasing the turbine work. The Mach number at the modern turbine exhaust is around 0.4–0.45, with a resulting velocity of about 250 m/s and a kinetic energy of about 30 kJ/kg. Considering that the energy produced by a gas turbine is around 350 kJ/kg, the exhaust flow kinetic energy can be 10% of the entire turbine work. It is thus clear that the exhaust diffuser is a critical element in turbomachine environment in terms of efficiency and stability. A considerable amount of experimental and numerical investigations on simple diffusers  and  can be found in literature and the factors influencing their performance are predominantly the area ratio and the length of the flow path over which diffusion occurs. Global parameters, relationships between static and total pressure and performance maps are generally used to determine diffusers’ performance  and . In diffusers situated downstream a turbomachine, the inlet flow presents a swirl component and a high level of turbulence. Therefore, the diffuser cannot be treated as an isolated element but it has to be seen as a component of the whole system, included the turbomachine. The increased turbulent mixing at inlet, which result in a later onset of flow separation, can sometimes improve diffusers’ performance . Dominy et al.  showed that in a S-shaped duct, the wakes created by the upstream turbine lead to total pressure distortion and significant local yaw and pitch angles. Moreover diffusers behind a turbomachine have struts supporting loads and passages for engine cooling and lubrication systems and these structural members, that extends radially from the inner to the outer annulus wall, act as bluff bodies and consequently cause unsteady wakes . As is well known, within diffusers, which are characterized by strong adverse pressure gradients, boundary layers grow rapidly and tend to separate. To avoid unacceptable weight penalties, the diffusion must occur in the shortest possible length, while preventing flow separation requires small divergence angles. The presence of a row of struts inevitably causes a blockage and an acceleration of the flow, thus reducing the diffusion achieved. Ubertini and Desideri  showed how the interaction between the last turbine rotor and the struts, supporting the shaft, produce the onset of flow separation. Experimental and numerical investigations in a diffusing S-shaped duct made by Norris et al.  showed a 28% efficiency reduction, an almost doubled pressure loss coefficient and a significant rise of the separation bubble size when a row of struts are present in the duct. Anyway very few examples of experimental analysis concerning annular diffusers downstream a turbine  and  or a compressor  and  can be found in the literature survey. In a previous paper , the authors presented a detailed three-dimensional investigation of a scaled down model of an annular exhaust diffuser, showing the turbulent flow field, the growing and the separation of the boundary layer and the evolution of the struts’ wakes along the duct. The aim of this paper is to determine the overall performance of the diffuser and how it is achieved by local and detailed measurements of static and total pressure. The analysis has also been made in the diffuser without struts in order to understand and quantify their detrimental effect.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
An experimental study has been performed to investigate the static and total pressure development through an industrial gas turbine exhaust diffuser. The analysis allowed the observation of both the local phenomena and the overall duct performance. The attention has been focused on the effect of a ring of struts, which is quantified showing the differences between the duct with and without the struts. From the above discussion the following conclusions can be made: • the diffusion in the duct with struts is interrupted by the reduction of the cross-passage section, due to the struts and their wakes; this means that the flow potentially has more diffusion to achieve; consequently, a higher pressure recovery gradient is observed behind the struts; • even in the empty duct, a reduction of the pressure recovery gradient is observed in the very last part of the diffuser, due to the separation of the flow from the walls; this effect is more evident in the duct with struts where the interaction between the inlet guide vanes and the struts anticipate the separation process; • in both cases, efficiency calculated at the shroud is higher than that calculated at the hub and this happens probably because the hub diameter is constant along the duct and then in the upper part of the duct an higher diffusion occurs; • efficiency in the duct with struts is 10–15% lower than in the empty duct; this reduction lead to a significant loss in the whole turbomachinery system; • pressure recovery development in the diffuser without struts is very close to the ideal one; • comparing the two cases, with and without the struts, it is clear that the overall diffuser loss is significantly increased by the struts and this loss rise mainly occurs in the axial region of the struts and in the endwall regions, where flow separates from the hub and the casing. The experimental results presented in this paper are an important and detailed set of data that can be used to validate computational predictions on the duct with and without the struts. Moreover, the effects of the inlet guide vanes and of the struts on the performance of the diffuser showed in this work can help the development of new and more performant designs of GT diffusers.