The Turbine Interstage Diffuser 710553

The incentive for use of an interstage diffuser in a free-shaft gas turbine engine is briefly examined and some pertinent published background data reviewed. Tests of two annular diffusers behind an upstream turbine show the deleterious effects of turbine exit flow nonuniformity on diffuser behavior. The flow acceleration provided by the area contraction of a power turbine nozzle located at the diffuser exit substantially improves the nature of the flow previously found to exist at the diffuser exit in the absence of the nozzle.


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