Research Papers

Condensation in Radial Turbines—Part I: Mathematical Modeling

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Sebastian Schuster

Chair of Turbomachinery,
University of Duisburg-Essen,
Lotharstr. 1,
Duisburg, 47057, Germany
e-mail: s.schuster@uni-due.de

Dieter Brillert

Chair of Turbomachinery,
University of Duisburg-Essen,
Lotharstr. 1,
Duisburg, 47057, Germany
e-mail: dieter.brillert@uni-due.de

Friedrich-Karl Benra

Chair of Turbomachinery,
University of Duisburg-Essen,
Lotharstr. 1,
Duisburg, 47057, Germany
e-mail: friedrich.benra@uni-due.de

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TURBOMACHINERY. Manuscript received February 23, 2017; final manuscript received July 17, 2018; published online September 28, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Anestis I. Kalfas.

J. Turbomach 140(10), 101001 (Sep 28, 2018) (9 pages) Paper No: TURBO-17-1032; doi: 10.1115/1.4040934 History: Received February 23, 2017; Revised July 17, 2018

In this two-part paper, the investigation of condensation in the impeller of radial turbines is discussed. In Paper I, a solution strategy for the investigation of condensation in radial turbines using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods is presented. In Paper II, the investigation methodology is applied to a radial turbine type series that is used for waste heat recovery. First, the basic CFD approach for the calculation of the gas-droplet-liquid-film flow is introduced. Thereafter, the equations connecting the subparts are explained and a validation of the models is performed. Finally, in Paper I, condensation phenomena for a selected radial turbine impeller are discussed on a qualitative basis. Paper II continues with a detailed quantitative analyses. The aim of Paper I is to explain the models that are necessary to study condensation in radial turbines and to validate the implementation against available experiments conducted on isolated effects. This study aims to develop a procedure that is applicable for investigation of condensation in radial turbines. Furthermore, the main processes occurring in a radial turbine once the steam temperature is below the saturation temperature are explained and analyzed.

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Fig. 1

Calculation program

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Fig. 2

Illustration of the gas-droplet flow calculation

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Fig. 3

Comparison between CFD calculation (lines) with the values measured by Moore et al. (symbols)

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Deposition rate (Eq. (29)) in a straight tube as a function of the nondimensional relaxation time (Eq. (30))

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Validation of the film model with experimental data from Ref. [52]

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Subcooling in the impeller flow channel and droplet deposition at surface

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Wetting of the blade and mesh independency study: (a) wetting of the impeller pressure side, cited from Ref. [49] and (b) mesh independence study for the wetting of the blade



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