Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery

Integrated Optimization Design for a Radial Turbine Wheel of a 100 kW-Class Microturbine

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Lei Fu

Yan Shi, Qinghua Deng, Huaizhi Li

Institute of Turbomachinery, School of Energy and Power Engineering,  Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, P. R. China

Zhenping Feng1

Institute of Turbomachinery, School of Energy and Power Engineering,  Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, P. R. Chinazpfeng@mail.xjtu.edu.cn


Coresponding author.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 134(1), 012301 (Nov 07, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004162 History: Received April 25, 2011; Accepted April 29, 2011; Published November 07, 2011; Online November 07, 2011

The aerodynamic performance, structural strength, and wheel weight are three important factors in the design process of the radial turbine. This paper presents an investigation on these aspects and develops an optimization design approach for radial turbine with consideration of the three factors. The aerodynamic design for the turbine wheel with an inlet diameter of 230 mm for the 100 kW-class microturbine unit is carried out first as the original design. Then, the cylinder parabolic geometrical design method is applied to the wheel modeling and structural design, but the maximum stress predicted by finite element analysis greatly exceeds the yield limit of material. Further, the wheel weight is above 7.2 kg, thus, bringing some critical difficulties for bearing design and turbine operation. Therefore, an integrated optimization design method for radial turbine is studied and developed in this paper with focus on the wheel design. Meridional profiles and shape lines of the turbine wheel are optimized with consideration of the whole wheel weight. Main structural modeling parameters are reselected to reduce the wheel weight. Trade-off between aerodynamic performance and strength performance is highly emphasized during the optimization design. The results show that the optimized turbine wheel gets high aerodynamic performance and acceptable stress distribution with a weight less than 3.8 kg.

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The blade geometric modeling after smoothing treatment (step 3, part 1)

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The 3D geometric modeling view of original design and optimization design (step 3, part 2)

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The von Mises stress distribution of the turbine wheel

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Schematic diagram of geometrical design of the turbine wheel

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Computational grids of aerodynamic and strength predictions

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Temperature field of the turbine wheel

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Flow chart of integrated optimization design

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The optimization of meridional profile (step 1)

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The optimization of thickness distribution of 11 blade sections (step 3, part 1)

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Different optimization regions of the turbine wheel




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