Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Turbomachinery

Design of the Purdue Experimental Turbine Aerothermal Laboratory for Optical and Surface Aerothermal Measurements

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G. Paniagua

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: gpaniagua@me.com

D. Cuadrado

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: gonza279@purdue.edu

J. Saavedra

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: saavedra@purdue.edu

V. Andreoli

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: vandreol@purdue.edu

T. Meyer

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: trmeyer@purdue.edu

J. P. Solano

Departamento Ingeniería Térmica y de Fluidos,
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena,
Cartagena, Murcia 30202, Spain
e-mail: juanp.solano@upct.es

R. Herrero

Departamento Ingeniería Térmica y de Fluidos,
Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena,
Cartagena, Murcia 30202, Spain
e-mail: ruth.herrero@upct.es

S. Meyer

School of Mechanical Engineering,
Purdue University,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
e-mail: meyerse@purdue.edu

D. Lawrence

Aerodyn Engineering Inc.,
Indianapolis, IN 46241
e-mail: dlawrence@aerodyneng.com

Contributed by the Turbomachinery Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received April 15, 2018; final manuscript received June 23, 2018; published online August 31, 2018. Editor: Jerzy T. Sawicki.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 141(1), 012601 (Aug 31, 2018) (13 pages) Paper No: GTP-18-1170; doi: 10.1115/1.4040683 History: Received April 15, 2018; Revised June 23, 2018

Following three decades of research in short duration facilities, Purdue University has developed an alternative turbine facility in view of the modern technology in computational fluid mechanics, structural analysis, manufacturing, heating, control, and electronics. The proposed turbine facility can operate continuously and also perform transients, suited for precise heat flux, efficiency, and optical measurement techniques to advance turbine aerothermo-structural engineering. The facility has two different test sections, linear and annular, to service both fundamental and applied research. The linear test section is completely transparent for optical imaging and spectroscopy, aimed at technology readiness levels (TRLs) of 1–2. The annular test section was designed with optical access to perform proof of concepts as well as validation of turbine component performance for relevant nondimensional parameters at TRLs of 3–4. The large mass flow rate (28 kg/s) combined with a minimum hub to tip ratio of 0.85 allows high spatial resolution. The Reynolds number (Re) extends from 60,000 to 3,000,000, based on the vane outlet flow properties with an axial chord of 0.06 m and a turning angle of 72 deg. The pressure ratio can be independently adjusted, enabling testing from low subsonic to Mach 3.2. This paper provides a detailed description of the sequential design methodology from zero-dimensional to three-dimensional (3D) unsteady analysis as well as of the measurement techniques available in this turbine facility.

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Fig. 1

Layout and aerial photograph of the new Zucrow Laboratories facility for studying aerothermal flows

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Fig. 2

Schematic layout of the Purdue Experimental Turbine Aerothermal Laboratory

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Fig. 3

Modelica verification using experimental data from the von Karman Institute compression tube facility: comparison of (a) pressure, (b) temperature in the tube and in the test section, and (c) piston displacement

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Fig. 4

Schematic of the Modelica wind tunnel model

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(a) Valve position, (b) mass flow, (c) pressure in the test section, and (d) pressure increase in the vacuum tank

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Fig. 6

Min-max temperature difference along the length of the piping downstream of the mixer

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(a) Settling chamber design with a tangential discharge, (b) settling chamber design with axial discharge, (c) settling chamber of the linear test section, and (d) settling chamber of the annular test section

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(a) Three-Dimensional mesh linear settling chamber, (b) velocity contour and stream lines with four radial discharge slots, (c) velocity contour and stream lines with eight radial discharge slots, and (d) velocity isocontours at several axial locations

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(a) Parameterization of the inlet contraction, (b) 2D velocity contour and streamlines in a 25 deg. contraction, (c) 2D velocity contour and streamlines in a 35 deg. contraction, (d) velocity profile at various contraction angles, and (e) effect of the Reynolds number

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Overall view of the PETAL facility (top), CAD design of the wind tunnels (bottom left), and photo of the assembly in December 2017 (bottom right)

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Mach-Re limits in supersonic operation (left) and operational range in supersonic conditions (right)

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Mach-Re limits in subsonic operation (left) and operational range in subsonic conditions (right)

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Annular test section: (a) overall layout of the optical windows, (b) frontal view of the test section, (c) meridional view, and (d) supersonic configuration

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(a) Annular test section measurement planes, (b) velocity profile at two axial locations, (c) stage velocity triangles, (d) absolute-relative velocities of a rotor row with a preswirler, (e) velocity triangle in a stationary rotor row with rotating preswirler, and (f) reverse rotation

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(a) Overall view of the linear test section, (b) optically accessible flow passage, (c) cross-sectional view, and (d) range of Reynolds and Mach numbers

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Schematic of optical layout for 2D-3D imaging in the linear wind tunnel

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Schematic of optical layout for stereo imaging in the annular test section



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