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Experimental Study of Surface Roughness Effects on a Turbine Airfoil in a Linear Cascade: Part II - Aerodynamic Losses

Experimental Study of Surface Roughness Effects on a Turbine Airfoil in a Linear Cascade: Part II - Aerodynamic Losses
Autor:

Lorenz,M.
Schulz,A.
Bauer,H.-J.

Quelle:

Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 133 (4), to be published
ASME-Paper GT2010-23801

Abstract

The present experimental study is part of a comprehensive analysis accounting for heat transfer and aerodynamic losses on a highly loaded low pressure turbine blade with varying surface roughness. Whereas part I focuses on heat transfer measurements at airfoil midspan with different deterministic surface roughnesses, part II investigates surface roughness effects on aerodynamic losses of the same airfoil. A set of different arrays of deterministic roughness (the same as used in part I) is investigated in these experiments. The height and eccentricity of the roughness elements is varied, showing the combined influence of roughness height and anisotropy on the losses produced in the boundary layers. It is shown that the boundary layer loss is dominated by the suction side. Therefore, the investigations focus on measurements of the suction side boundary layer thickness at midspan directly upstream of the trailing edge. The experiments are conducted at several freestream turbulence levels (Tu1 = 1.4% to 10.1%) and different Reynolds numbers. The measurements reveal that suction side boundary layer thickness is increased by up to 190% if surface roughness shifts the transition onset upstream. However, in some cases, at low Reynolds numbers and free-stream turbulence, surface roughness suppresses boundary layer separation and decreases the trailing edge boundary layer thickness by up to 30%.