A detailed study of flow through the blade passage and downstream of a linear turbine cascade was carried out for four cases of tip clearance including zero clearance. Apart from inlet traverse, a total of eight stations were chosen for inter-blade flow traversing between 5% and 95% of axial chord from leading edge. Downstream flow surveys were made at distances of 106% of axial chord from the blade leading edge. Pitchwise and spanwise traverses were conducted for each tip clearance at these stations using a small five hole probe. Provision was also made for the measurement of static pressure distribution on the suction and pressure surfaces and also on the blade tip surface when clearance is present.

At about 40% of axial chord from the leading edge, the presence of clearance vortex is identified inside the passage. The growth of the clearance vortex in size, its movement towards the suction surface and its increase in strength with the gap size were observed beyond 55% of axial chord till the trailing edge region. The rate of growth of the losses in the endwall region increased with clearance. Horse shoe vortex was not observed for the highest clearance. The overall losses increase rapidly with clearance in the rear half of the blade.

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