TECHNICAL PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Controls, Diagnostics, and Instrumentation

Application of Hot-Wire Anemometry in a Blow-Down Turbine Facility

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T. Yasa, G. Paniagua, R. Dénos

Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Chaussée de Waterloo 72, B1640-Rhode Saint Genèse, Belgium

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 129(2), 420-427 (Feb 01, 2006) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2364191 History: Received October 01, 2005; Revised February 01, 2006

In order to test HP turbine stages under engine representative conditions on a heat transfer point of view, blow-down test rigs are often used. In these rigs the evolution of gas temperature, pressure, and density is similar to a step function. Hence, the use of hot-wires, which are sensitive to flow velocity, density, and temperature, is more difficult than in an incompressible flow at constant temperature. This investigation describes how the data reduction can be performed in such an environment in order to extract the velocity. The gas temperature is measured with a thermocouple and the gas density is derived from the measurement of the total pressure thanks to an iterative procedure. Once the velocity is derived, the turbulence can be computed. The effectiveness of the method is first demonstrated in a heated jet where both pressure and temperature are varied. Tests in the turbine facility are performed at turbine inlet temperatures of 480K. Thus, overheat ratios up to 1.9 had to be used, leading to a very high temperature of the tungsten platinum coated wire. The aging of the probe was very fast, causing a drift in the voltage output between the successive tests. A technique is proposed to minimize the aging effect. It consists in adapting the calibration based on the resistance of the wire measured before each test. Measurements were carried out at the turbine inlet and rotor outlet. At the turbine inlet, velocity radial profiles are obtained together with measurements of the turbulence intensity. The time-averaged data is compared with pneumatic probe measurements. At the rotor exit, the time-resolved periodic velocity fluctuations are analyzed using a phase-locked average technique.

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Pressure and temperature evolution during a test

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Hot-wire probe manufactured at VKI

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Scheme of the VKI free jet calibration facility

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Calibration results based on King’s law

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Calibration results based on Collis and William’s correlation

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Change of sensor wire resistance in consecutive tests

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Aging effect on hot-wire measurements without correction (a) and with correction (b)

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Data processing methodology

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Free jet velocity while the flow temperature and pressure are varying

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Axial and blade to blade view of the turbine stage

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Turbulence intensity profile at the turbine inlet

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Signal to noise ratio of the inlet measurements

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Inlet pressure, temperature (a) and velocity distribution (b) along the span

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Mach number distribution at the stage exit along the span-wise direction

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FFT of the hot-wire signal downstream of the rotor

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Periodic component (left) and random unsteadiness (right) downstream of the rotor along the height (% span is indicated above each curve)




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