In modern high pressure turbine, a certain amount of cooling air is bled off from compressor and then directly injected into the inter-stage gap between the stationary and rotating components. This paper presents a computational study of the interaction between mainstream flow and purge flow, with the objectives of evaluating the impacts of purge flow on turbine aerodynamic design parameters, tracing the loss sources involved with the injection of purge flow and describing the secondary flows near the hub region. The purge flow through the rim seal has been varied between 0–2% of the main flow and the axial position of rim seal has been also changed. Steady-state simulation using a 3D RANS solver is presented with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of loss production.

It is found that purge flow has a primary effect on the spanwise distribution of turbine aerodynamic design parameters, especially near the hub region. The losses brought about by the injection of purge flow can be divided into four parts: reaction redistribution between vane and blade in one stage, a shear layer between purge flow and mainstream flow due to different circumferential momentum, hub passage vortex interaction and decrease of output work near the end wall. However these four loss sources are not independent of each other. Shear induced vortex (SIV) and slot leakage vortex (SLV) appear near the hub region after purge flow is introduced. The shear induced vortex is formed due to the shear interaction between mainstream flow and purge flow which develop into hub passage vortex. The slot leakage vortex is formed due to the relative motion of the cavity disks and its strength is relatively weak compared with the shear induce vortex. The results gained from this paper may give some useful guidelines for turbine aerodynamic design and end wall profile optimization.

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