Numerical analysis on the impact of inter-stage flow addition in a high-pressure steam turbine

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Soo Young Kang

Industrial Science and Technology Research Institute, Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Jeong Jin Lee

Graduate School, Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Tong Seop Kim

ASME Member, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Seong Jin Park

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Changwon, Korea

Gi Won Hong

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Changwon, Korea

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038769 History: Received September 20, 2017; Revised October 24, 2017


This study analyzes the fluid dynamic characteristics of an ultra-supercritical (USC) high-pressure turbine with additional steam supplied through an overload valve between the second and third stages. The mixing between the main and admission flows causes complex flow phenomena such as swirl and changes of velocity vectors of the main flow. This causes a pressure drop between the second-stage outlet and third-stage inlet, which could potentially affect the performance of the turbine. Firstly, a single-passage computational analysis, which is usually preferred in predicting the performance of multi-stage turbomachines, was performed using a simple model of an admission flow path and a single passage for the second and third stages of the turbine. However, the actual flow in the overload valve is supplied through the admission flow path, which has the shape of a casing that circumferentially surrounds the turbine, after flowing in two directions perpendicular to the turbine axis. This necessitates full-passage computational analyses of the two stages and the flow paths of the admission flow. To achieve this, we implemented a full three-dimensional geometric model of the admission flow path and conducted a full-passage computational analysis for all the flow paths, including those of the second and third stages of the turbine. The focus of analysis was on the pressure drop due to the admission flow. The results of the single and full-passage analyses were compared, and the effects of two different methods were analyzed.

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