Pressure distortion effects on rim seal performance in a linear cascade

Jeffrey Gibson, Karen Thole, Jesse Christophel, Curtis Memory, Thomas Praisner

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Rim seals are used to prevent the ingress of hot gas into the cavities beneath turbine platforms. As these cavities are not actively cooled, high-pressure air, known as purge flow, is taken from the compressor and introduced beneath the platform to prevent hot gas from penetrating through the gaps between stationary and rotating hardware. Improving the rim-seal geometry however, is made difficult by a lack of understanding of the salient fluid mechanics associated with this region. This study investigates both the impact of a vane-induced static pressure distortion as well as the influence of the pressure distortion of a downstream blade row on an engine-relevant rim seal in a stationary, linear cascade. Vane alterations resulted in minimal change to rim seal performance; however, adding the pressure distortion of a downstream blade row was found to disturb the trench flow resulting in poorer performance of the seal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeat Transfer
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791849781
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2016 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 13 2016Jun 17 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
Volume5A-2016

Other

OtherASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2016
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period6/13/166/17/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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