A Study of trailing-edge losses in organic rankine cycle turbines

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Durá Galiana, FJ 
Wheeler, APS 
Ong, J 

In this paper vane trailing-edge losses which occur in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbines are investigated. Experiments are performed to study the influence of dense gas effects on trailing-edge loss in supersonic flows using a novel Ludwieg tube facility for the study of dense-gas flows. The data is also used to validate a CFD flow solver. The computational simulations are then used to determine the contributions to loss from shocks and viscous effects which occur at the vane trailing-edge. The results show that dense gas effects play a vital role in the structure of the trailing-edge flow, and control the extent of shock and viscous losses.

4012 Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Engineering, 40 Engineering, 4001 Aerospace Engineering
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Journal of Turbomachinery
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American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L027437/1)
This work was supported by the EPSRC (EP/J006394/1 and EP/L027437/1) and GE Global Research.