DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Effects of Casing Relative Motion on Aerodynamic Performance With Modified Designs of Winglet and Squealer Tip

B. V. S. S. S. PrasadAnmol Garg


For unshrouded high pressure turbines, the design of rotor blade tips is a dynamic multi-purpose process. The model should have least aerodynamic and heat transfer losses caused by the flow through the tip gap and the blade. Recent studies show that by the modification of the blade tip, there is some improvement in efficiency and reduced tip gap flow. These include mainly parametric study of cavity tip and winglet tip modifications. Previous studies confirm the benefit of overhang in reducing tip leakage loss and heat transfer by changing the location of the tip leakage vortex away from the blade. But, to the best of authors’ knowledge none of the study reports the effect of casing relative motion on modified winglet and squealer tip. In the present study, novel modified tip blade geometry is introduced named as Top Squealer with Bottom Winglet (TSBW). Tip gap physics and loss generation has been investigated on three other different designs of squealer and winglet geometries and compared with the novel design. These designs are named as Flat Winglet, Cavity Squealer, Top Squealer with Bottom Winglet (new design) and Top Winglet with Bottom Squealer (TWBS). The flat tip rotor blade is considered as the base case for comparison....Continue Reading

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