Presentation of a Blade-Design Method for Axial-Flow Turbines, Including Design and Test Results of a Typical Axial-Flow Stage

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F. Baumgartner, R. Amsler

Boeing Airplane Company, Seattle, Wash.

J. Eng. Power 82(1), 19-26 (Jan 01, 1960) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3672711 History: Received December 31, 1958; Online January 10, 2012


A method is presented to determine the shape of stationary nozzle blades and rotor blades for an axial-flow-type turbine in a generally consistent manner based on the concept of aerodynamic blade loading. The mean blade load is a typical design parameter which predominantly determines the blade curvature. It depends in particular on the rate of change of momentum across the blade row. By applying the design method, airfoil shapes are obtained which satisfy the momentum requirements regardless of what blade-load distribution is assumed as long as the mean blade load remains constant. A specific application of the design method is described and test data are presented which show that good agreement between design goal and test results was achieved.

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