Performance measurements of a unique louver particle separator for gas turbine engines

Grant O. Musgrove, Karen Ann Thole, Eric Grover, Joseph Barker

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Abstract

Solid particles, such as sand, ingested into gas turbine engines reduce the coolant flow in the turbine by blocking cooling channels in the secondary flow path. One method to remove solid particles from the secondary flow path is to use an inertial particle separator because of its ability to incur minimal pressure losses in high flow rate applications. In this paper, an inertial separator is presented that is made up of an array of louvers followed by a static collector. The performance of two inertial separator configurations was measured in a unique test facility. Performance measurements included pressure loss and collection efficiency for a range of Reynolds numbers and sand sizes. To complement the measurements, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional computational results are presented for comparison. Computational predictions of pressure loss agreed with measurements at high Reynolds numbers, whereas predictions of sand collection efficiency for a sand size range 0-200m agreed within 10% of experimental measurements over the range of Reynolds numbers. Collection efficiency values were measured to be as high as 35%, and pressure loss measurements were equivalent to less than 1% pressure loss in an engine application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME Turbo Expo 2012
Subtitle of host publicationTurbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2012
Pages2271-2282
Number of pages12
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Jun 11 2012Jun 15 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume4

Other

OtherASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2012
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period6/11/126/15/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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