DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Effect of Matching Parameters Between Rotor and Diffuser on the Flow Loss Characteristic in an Axial Turbine

Xuehui ZhangYangli Zhu


Diffuser is a key component affecting the aerodynamic performance of an axial turbine significantly. However, there is little research on the matching parameters between a rotor and a diffuser. In present study, effect of matching parameters which are normalized axial clearance (ACLR‘) and normalized radial size deviation (RDev‘) between rotor and diffuser on the aerodynamic performance and flow loss characteristic of a typical diffuser is revealed. A validated Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) model which couples the cavity between the rotor and diffuser is also proposed. The results illustrate that the isentropic efficiency is decreased with the increase of ACLR‘ and RDev‘. The RDev‘ presents a larger influence on isentropic efficiency. When ACLR‘ is increased from 0.21 to 0.43, the isentropic efficiency is only decreased by 0.3%, while the isentropic efficiency reduction of 0.65% is achieved when RDev‘ is increased from 0.091 to 0.192. A “leakage flow”, which is a result of the egress and ingress of the fluid near diffuser-cavity interface, is formed. It presents limited effect on the main flow in the diffuser when ACLR’ is only included and the flow loss near the guide cone surface is increased slightly. However, obvious ba...Continue Reading

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