Multistage Turbine Erosion

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M. Menguturk, M. Erten

Mechanical Engineering Department, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

D. Gunes

Civil Engineering Department, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

E. F. Sverdrup

Westinghouse Research and Development, Pittsburgh, PA

J. Turbomach 108(2), 290-297 (Oct 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3262050 History: Received October 18, 1985; Online November 09, 2009


This paper presents a computer package developed to calculate the blade erosion rates in multistage turbines that use particle-laden hot expansion gases. This package is an extension of the single-stage erosion code presented in some of our earlier papers. The present package calculates gas flow and particle trajectories in each stage. The calculated particle outlet conditions of a given stage are processed statistically to generate the particle inlet conditions to the next stage enabling trajectory and erosion calculations to be advanced beyond a single turbine stage. The package allows erosion predictions to be obtained either based on the semi-empirical erosion formula presented earlier or by using an improved model which relies upon direct interpolation of available experimental data. This computer package has been applied to a four-stage electric utility gas turbine. It has been found that, in addition to the first-stage rotor blades, as indicated by our earlier studies, the second-stage rotor and the second and third-stage stator blades may also be exposed to critical erosion damage.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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