Preliminary Design and Performance Estimation of Radial Inflow Turbines: An Automated Approach

Ventura, Carlos A. M., Jacobs, Peter A., Rowlands, Andrew S., Petrie-Repar, Paul and Sauret, Emilie (2012) Preliminary Design and Performance Estimation of Radial Inflow Turbines: An Automated Approach. Journal of Fluids Engineering, 134 3: 031102.1-031102.13. doi:10.1115/1.4006174

Author Ventura, Carlos A. M.
Jacobs, Peter A.
Rowlands, Andrew S.
Petrie-Repar, Paul
Sauret, Emilie
Title Preliminary Design and Performance Estimation of Radial Inflow Turbines: An Automated Approach
Journal name Journal of Fluids Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0098-2202
Publication date 2012-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1115/1.4006174
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 134
Issue 3
Start page 031102.1
End page 031102.13
Total pages 13
Place of publication Fairfield, NJ, United States
Publisher A S M E International
Language eng
Subject 2210 Mechanical Engineering
Abstract A comprehensive one-dimensional meanline design approach for radial inflow turbines is described in the present work. An original code was developed in Python that takes a novel approach to the automatic selection of feasible machines based on pre-defined performance or geometry characteristics for a given application. It comprises a brute-force search algorithm that traverses the entire search space based on key non-dimensional parameters and rotational speed. In this study, an in-depth analysis and subsequent implementation of relevant loss models as well as selection criteria for radial inflow turbines is addressed. Comparison with previously published designs, as well as other available codes, showed good agreement. Sample (real and theoretical) test cases were trialed and results showed good agreement when compared to other available codes. The presented approach was found to be valid and the model was found to be a useful tool with regards to the preliminary design and performance estimation of radial inflow turbines, enabling its integration with other thermodynamic cycle analysis and three-dimensional blade design codes.
Keyword Radial (inflow) turbine
Preliminary design
Performance estimation
Loss models
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 031102

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