Experimental Evaluation of Inlet Turbulence, Wall Boundary Layer, Surface Finish, and Fillet Radius on Small Axial Turbine Stator Performance 821475

The results of an experimental investigation are presented which establish the effects of surface finish, fillet radius, inlet boundary layer thickness, and free-stream inlet turbulence level on the aerodynamic performance of a small axial flow turbine stator. The principal objective was to help understand why large turbine efficiency is not maintained when a large turbine is scaled to a smaller size and to provide the turbine designer with the performance compromises expected for a small scale design. A comprehensive test matrix was used to gain an understanding of the effects of each variable over the full range of all the other variables.


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