Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis of a Steam Power Plant Low-Pressure Turbine Downward Exhaust Hood

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R. H. Tindell, T. M. Alston

Northrop-Grumman Corporation, Advanced Technology & Development Center, Bethpage, NY 11714

C. A. Sarro, G. C. Stegmann

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York, NY 10003

L. Gray, J. Davids

Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Orlando, FL 39826

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 118(1), 214-224 (Jan 01, 1996) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816543 History: Received March 08, 1992; Revised September 17, 1992; Online November 19, 2007


Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods are applied to the analysis of a low-pressure turbine exhaust hood at a typical steam power generating station. A Navier-Stokes solver, capable of modeling all the viscous terms, in a Reynolds-averaged formulation, was used. The work had two major goals. The first was to develop a comprehensive understanding of the complex three-dimensional flow fields that exist in the exhaust hood at representative operating conditions. The second was to evaluate the relative benefits of a flow guide modification to optimize performance at a selected operating condition. Also, the influence of simulated turbine discharge characteristics, relative to uniform hood entrance conditions, was evaluated. The calculations show several interesting and possibly unique results. They support use of an integrated approach to the design of turbine exhaust stage blading and hood geometry for optimum efficiency.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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