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Sealing Performance of a Turbine Rim Chute Seal Under Rotationally-Induced Ingestion

Revert, Anna Bru, Beard, Paul F., Chew, John and Bottenheim, Sebaastian (2020) Sealing Performance of a Turbine Rim Chute Seal Under Rotationally-Induced Ingestion In: ISROMAC 2020, Postponed to Autumn 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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This study focuses on the sealing capability of a turbine rim seal subject to hot gas ingestion driven purely by the rotor disc pumping effect rather than that induced by mainstream features such as vane and rotor blade passing. The aim is to provide useful data for conditions in which rotation dominates, and to clarify the flow physics involved in rim sealing. Experimental measurements of sealing effectiveness for a chute seal are presented for the first time without and with an axial, axisymmetric mainstream flow external to the seal. The test matrix covers a range of rotational Reynolds number, Re , from 1.5x106 to 3x106, and nondimensional flow rate, C , from 0 to 4x104 with the mainstream flow (when present) scaled to match engine representative conditions of axial Reynolds number, Re . Results from steady pressure and gas concentration measurements within the rotor-stator disc cavity and the rim seal gap are presented and compared to published data for other seal designs. Sealing performance of the chute seal is somewhat similar to that of axial clearance seals with the same minimum clearance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Revert, Anna Bru
Beard, Paul F.
Bottenheim, Sebaastian
Date : 4 March 2020
Funders : Rolls Royce plc., Innovate UK, TSB
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 15 Jun 2020 12:33
Last Modified : 15 Jun 2020 12:33

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