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UNIVERSITY 1st DEGREE LECTURE NOTES 2005

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TURBOMACHINERY

UNIVERSITY 1st DEGREE LECTURE NOTES 2005

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Contents 1 Types of Turbomachines 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Geometries 1.3 Practical Uses 2 Basic Relations 2.1 Velocity Diagrams 2.2 Mass Flow Rate 2.3 Energy Equation 2.4 Momentum Equation 2.5 Applications Symbols 3 Dimensionless Quantities 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Turbomachine Variables 3.3 Similitude 3.4 Examples Symbols 4 Centrifugal Pumps and Fans 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Impeller Flow 4.3 Efficiency 4.4 Performance Characteristics 4.5 Design of Pumps 4.6 Fans 4.7 Examples Symbols 5 Centrifugal Compressors 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Impeller Design 5.3 Diffuser Design 5.4 Performance 5.5 Examples Symbols 1 1 1 5 6 6 6 7 8 10 17 19 19 19 21 24 27 29 29 30 32 35 39 43 44 50 53 53 56 59 61 64 71

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3 Design 7.2 Pelton Wheel 10.1 Introduction 10.4 Kaplan Turbine 10.4 Examples Symbols 8 Axial-Flow Gas Turbines 8.3 Design 8.8 Examples Symbols 7 Radial-Flow Gas Turbines 7.3 Losses 6.1 Introduction 8.1 Introduction 6.3 Francis Turbine 10.5 Cavitation 11 Wind Turbines 11.2 Basic Theory 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Stage Pressure Rise 6. and Fans 6.2 Actuator Theory 74 74 77 80 81 86 88 92 94 100 104 104 106 115 118 119 122 122 125 131 137 142 145 145 146 150 152 135 153 154 155 158 158 160 160 161 iii .5 Fan Design 6.6 Axial-Flow Compressors.7 Compressor Performance 6.6 Compressor Design 6.1 Introduction 11.4 Pump Design 6.4 Design 10 Hydraulic Turbines 10. Pumps.3 Reaction Turbines 9. I Introduction 9.2 Basic Theory 8.4 Examples Symbols 9 Steam Turbines 9.2 Impulse Turbines 9.

4 Vertical-Axis Machines Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C Appendix D Appendix E Appendix F 164 168 170 172 173 175 176 177 iv .11.3 Horizontal-Axis Machines 11.

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Types of Turbomachines

1.1 Introduction Turbomachines constitute a large class of machines which are found virtu-ally everywhere in the civilized world. This group includes such devices as pumps, turbines, and fans. Each of these has certain essential elements, the most important of which is the rotor, or rotating member. There is, of course, attached to this spinning component a substantial shaft through which power flows to or from the rotor, usually piercing a metallic envelope known as the casing. The casing is also pierced by fluid-carrying pipes which allow fluid to be admitted to and carried away from the enclosure bounded by the casing. Thus a turbomachine always involves an energy transfer between a flowing fluid and a rotor. If the transfer of energy is from rotor to fluid, the machine is a pump, fan, or compressor; if the flow of energy is from the fluid to the rotor, the machine is a turbine. The purpose of the process described above is either to pressurize the fluid or to produce power. Useful work done by the fluid on the turbine rotor appears outside the casing as work done in turning; for example, it can turn the rotor of a generator. A pump, on the other hand, receives energy from an external electric motor and imparts this energy to the fluid in contact with the rotor, or impeller, of the pump. The effect on the fluid of such devices is that its temperature and pressure are increased by a pumping-type turbomachine, and the same properties are reduced in passage through a work-producing turbomachine. A water pump might be used to raise the pressure of water, causing it to flow up into a reservoir through a pipe against the resistance of frictional and gravitational forces. On the other hand, the pressure at the bottom of a reservoir could be used to produce a flow through a hydraulic turbine, which would then produce a turning moment in the rotor against the resistance to turning offered by the connected electric generator. 1.2 Geometries A typical turbomachine rotor, a centrifugal pump impeller, is shown schematically in Figure 1.1. Liquid enters the eye E of the impeller

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moving in an axial direction, and then turns to a radial direction to finally emerge at the discharge D having both a radial and a tangential component of velocity. The vanes V impart a curvilinear motion to the fluid particles, thus setting up a radial centrifugal force which is responsible for the outward flow of fluid against the resistance of wall friction and pressure forces. The vanes of the rotor impart energy to the fluid by virtue of pressure forces on their surfaces, which are undergoing a displacement as rotation takes place. Energy from an electric motor is thus supplied at a constant rate through the shaft S which is assumed to be turning at a constant angular speed. If the direction of fluid flow in Figure 1.1 is reversed, the rotor becomes part of a turbine, and power is delivered through the shaft S to an electric generator or other load. Typically, hydraulic turbines have such a configuration (see Figure 1.4) and are used to generate large amounts of electric power by admitting high-pressure water stored in dams to the periphery of such a rotor. A pressure drop occurs between the inlet and the outlet of the turbine; the water exits axially and is conducted away and discharged at atmospheric pressure.

Figure 1.1 Pump impeller

Figure 1.2 Axial-flow blower

If the substance flowing through the impeller of Figure 1.1 were a gas, then the device would be a centrifugal compressor, blower, or fan, depending on the magnitude of the pressure rise occurring during transit from inlet to outlet. For the reversed flow case, i.e., a radially inward flow, the machine would be called a radial-flow gas turbine or turboexpander.

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A different type of turbomachine is shown in Figure 1.2. Here the flow direction is generally axial, i.e., parallel to the axis of rotation. The machine shown in this figure represents an axial-flow compressor or blower, or with a different blade shape an axial-flow gas or steam turbine, depending on the direction of energy flow and the kind of fluid present. In all of the machines mentioned thus far, the working fluid undergoes a change in pressure in flowing from inlet to outlet, or vice versa. Generally, pressure change takes place in a diffuser or nozzle, and in the rotor as well. However, there is a class of turbines in which pressure change does not occur in the rotor. These are called impulse,

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types and the axialflow types.4.or zero-reaction. This class of machine lies part way between the centrifugal. casting. Fluid states vary widely as well.8 through 1.11. Sizes vary from a few inches to several feet in diameter. and axial-flow turbomachines are indicated in Figures 1. which allows a pressure decrease in both nozzle and rotor. The materials encountered in the machines are selected to suit the temperatures. made of a variety of materials using a number of techniques. as distinguished from the so-called reaction turbine. Room air may enter one compressor. while cool river water enters another.5 through 1. pressures.3. A mixed-flow pump is shown in Figure 1. turbines. and a reaction-type hydraulic turbine appears in Figure 1.7. Our consideration herein of the subject of turbomachines includes a wide variety of forms and shapes. and machining. A hydraulic turbine with zero reaction is shown in Figure 1. or radial-flow. and chemical natures of the fluids handled. while cold refrigerant is drawn into a second. This book does not attempt to deal with 4 .10. Centrifugal machines are depicted in Figure 1. Steam at near-critical conditions may enter one turbine. and manufacturing methods include welding.

i. The steam power plant. or blower. Pumps are used to remove the condensate from the condenser and deliver it to feedwater heaters. depending on the nature of the fuel.all the problems encountered by the designer or user of turbomachines.. we must deal with the fundamentals underlying their design and performance. conservation of mass. The condensation process requires that large amounts of cooling water be forced through the tubes of the condenser by large centrifugal pumps. and hence we are all dependent upon turbomachines in this and in many other applications.3 Practical Uses The importance of the turbomachine to our way of life cannot be overemphasized. In Chapters 2 and 3 we will develop these underlying principles of all turbomachines by starting our discussion with the first principles of physics. compressor. Steam for the turbine is supplied from a boiler at high pressure and temperature. but only with the most general aspects of the total problem. It is clear that modern industry and the entire economy depend upon such generating stations.e. from which it is drawn into the boiler feed pumps to repeat the cycle. The steam power plant consists of a prime mover driving a large electric generator. The present treatment is concerned with specification of principal dimensions and forms of those turbomachines encountered frequently in industry. 1. Fuel for creating the heat in the boiler is supplied by a pump. it is exhausted into a condenser where it is condensed and collected as condensate. Water for making the steam is forced into the boiler by means of a multiple-stage centrifugal pump. After the steam has been generated in the boiler and has expanded in the turbine. In many cases the cooling water is itself cooled in cooling towers. momentum. can be used to illustrate this basic fact. and energy 5 . which is responsible for the generation of most electrical power in the world. Air for combustion of the fuel enters the boiler through a large centrifugal fan. A steam turbine is usually used as the prime mover. Before we consider the specifics of pumps and turbines. Thus we see that many turbomachines are required to operate the simplest form of modern steam-electric generating station. which are effective because large volumes of outside air are forced through the towers by axial-flow fans.

The representation of the addition of U1 to W 1 is shown in Figure 2. velocity is calculated from U=Nr (2.3) Figure 2.2) The relative velocity W of the fluid.3.1) for any point on the blade a radial distance r from the axis A—A of rotation. The corresponding velocity diagram at the rotor outlet is shown in Figure 2. For point 1. namely. Figure 2. Points 1 and 2 lie on the line 1—2 which denotes an element of a stream surface which exactly divides the flow into two equal parts.2 Mass Flow Rate (2. The angular speed (rad/s) of the rotor is denoted by N. with respect to the moving vane. (2. at the rotor exit the velocity V2 is taken as the average of the velocity along cd. The blade. 6 .1 will have fluid flowing in the annulus bounded by abcda. The relation can be expressed by V=W+U (2.1 Velocity Diagrams The rotor shown in cross section in Figure 2. is added vectorially to the blade velocity U to obtain the absolute fluid velocity V.2 Basic Relations 2.1) becomes U1 = Nr l 2. it is assumed to have a single value over the entire annular section ab.1 Turbomachine rotor. Although fluid velocity varies radially from a to b. or vane. the velocity V 1 at point 1. Similarly.2 shows a velocity diagram at point 1.2.

5). but the same principle applies.4) When the flow direction is at an angle to the rotor axis. The variation can.1 is the average value for the entire flow area at the position considered. kinetic energy V2/2. 2.3 Velocity diagram at outlet where A is the area normal to the flow direction. heat transfer q. A word statement of the energy equation is the following: 7 . and work w.e. the mass flow rate is the same at all stations. i. a more complicated expression is obtained.5) is a statement of conservation of mass. The actual flow has a variable velocity across the passage. of course. Equation (2. internal energy e. at the rotor inlet (2.4).The mass flow rate ṁ through the rotor is calculated by multiplying the meridional velocity Vm by the area (normal) of the flow passage and by the fluid density. It is assumed that each velocity on the central streamline of the flow passage depicted in Figure 2. pressure. For example. must be supplemented by a steady-flow energy equation which expresses the conservation of energy.5) Figure 2. (2.2 Velocity diagram at inlet. are potential energy zg. expressed in (2. applying to any station in the flow passage.. which must be accounted for in a turbomachine.3 Energy Equation The principle of conservation of mass. flow work p/ρ. The general form of (2. Figure 2. be handled mathematically through the use of the integral form (2. The usual forms of energy per unit mass. or concentration gradients. is ṁ = ρVmA m = ρ1 A 1 Vm1 •.6) The latter form also allows for possible variations in density associated with temperature.

10).Energy at section 1 + heat transfer = energy at section 2 + work done between 1 and 2 In equation form this is written as (2. 2.9) becomes (2.4 Momentum Equation The moment of momentum equation is of particular interest in turbomachinery applications. Allen and Ditsworth (1972) give this in equation form as (2.9) In gas turbine or compressor applications the enthalpy and the kinetic energy are combined to form the total enthalpy ho. On the other hand. and the specific work is denoted by E and called energy transfer. (2.8) Usually.11) where c. the internal energy is combined with the flow work to form the enthalpy h. when divided by the gravitational acceleration g.s. Thus. 8 . in turbomachinery applications the potential energy and the heat transfer terms are neglected. turbines decrease ho and E is positive. and the energy transfer E is negative. and c. Frequently. The work per unit mass calculated from (2. becomes head H. The equation is then (2. which is the preferred form of work in pump or hydraulic turbine applications.10) Compressors and pumps increase ho so that ho2 > ho1.7) Such an equation has been derived in many thermodynamics treatises. such as that by Jones and Hawkins (1986).v. refer to integration over the control volume or control surface. with the result (2. In its general form it states that the sum of the moments of external forces on the fluid in a control volume equals the rate of increase of angular momentum in the control volume plus the net outflow of angular momentum from the control volume.

and that it has a positive sign at the outlet.11) to a general turbomachine. Noting that the quantity ρV·dS is the mass flow rate through an elemental area dS of the control surface. respectively.13) Figure 2. a negative sign at the inlet. Neglecting all forces other than those between the fluid and the rotor.12) by the determinant The magnitude of the z-component of the angular momentum per unit mass is and the resulting scalar expression of moment about the z-axis is (2.11) is eliminated.4 Velocity components. Forces are applied to this fluid along the surface of the rotor. the control volume is the volume of fluid in the casing surrounding the rotor.11). Assuming steady flow through the control volume. we have (2.Applying (2. Aligning the z axis with the rotor axis and taking the moment center at 0. and is zero elsewhere. and the sum of their moments about some point on the rotor shaft is denoted by the term on the left side of (2. we evaluate the angular momentum per unit mass in (2.12) where A1 and A2 refer to the flow areas at the inlet and outlet. as indicated in Figure 2. we can say that the magnitude of the moment of forces MZ on the fluid in the control volume equals the negative of the torque T applied to the 9 . the first term on the right side of (2.4.

measured from the tangential direction. including pumps and compressors.5 Velocity diagram for an impulse turbine angle α. and the blade velocity is the same at the entrance and exit of the rotor. and the hydraulic turbine.10).rotor shaft by the fluid. no pressure drop occurs in the blade passage. and enters the region between the blades with relative velocity W1.7) through (2. Steam or hot gas leaves a nozzle with a velocity V1 at a nozzle Figure 2. is given by (2. or vice versa.5 Applications Let us apply the above relations to a number of common turbomachines. the axial-flow compressor. If we further assume constancy of the tangential component of the fluid velocity Vu and of the radial position r over the area Al or A2. Impulse Turbine Flow in the impulse turbine is generally in the axial direction.16) The latter relation is the Euler turbine equation. Thus power P can be expressed as (2. and the relative velocity W2 is equal in 10 . but it is applied to all types of turbomachines. we can then write (2. To obtain the energy transfer E per unit mass corresponding to that in (2.15) Here we note that the blade speed U has been substituted for Nr.14) Turbomachine power is torque times the rotational speed N in radians per second. Thus.5 shows a typical blade cross section and the corresponding velocity diagram. namely. Figure 2. Ideally.15) by the mass rate of flow ṁ. the energy transfer per unit mass from fluid to rotor. the centrifugal pump. we simply divide (2. the axial-flow impulse turbine. 2.

e. if hl = h2. The absolute velocity V2 at the blade-passage exit is much reduced and is typically less than half of V1 . Quite commonly. i. namely.17) The law of cosines applied to the two triangles in Figure 2. and U1 =U2 =U.19) is also obtainable from (2. which agrees with the original assumption of zero reaction. and R becomes (2. also called a zero-reaction turbine.. α2 = 0. is found from (2.23) which is generally applicable to axial-flow machines.18) into (2.5 yields two equations.18) Since W1 = W2. Substitution into (2. Equal enthalpy implies no change of temperature and pressure in the flow. E = U(V 1 sin α l – V2 sin α 2) (2.16) by making the substitutions Vul = V1 sin α1. (2. i. namely. (2. If the degree of reaction of a turbine stage.9)..22) yields (2.20) where he is the enthalpy at the nozzle (stator) inlet. it is clear that E is really the difference in kinetic energy of the fluid. transferred from the fluid to the rotor.21) as the energy balance for the entire stage.17) yields (2. no pressure drop in the rotor. Vu2 = V2 sin α2 .22) Substituting (2. denoted by R. which when subtracted contain the right-hand side of (2.17). The result of (2.magnitude to W1. This energy.19) Maximizing energy transfer means minimizing V2 or requiring that V2 has only an axial component. then we can write (2. Thus. is defined as the ratio of the enthalpy drop in the rotor to the enthalpy drop in the stator plus that in the rotor.e. This is what is meant by the term impulse turbine.. in the analysis of multistage machines it is assumed that the fluid velocity V2 leaving the rotor is the same as that from the stage 11 .

26) from which the pressure ratio. The degree of reaction would then be expressed as (2.25) which is interpreted as an enthalpy rise associated with a loss of relative kinetic energy in the blade passages. It is observed that pressure rise depends on the change of Figure 2. we obtain (2. The fluid is deflected only slightly by the moving blade compared with the turbine-blade deflection. Using the perfect gas relation ∆h = Cp∆T. and hence the pressure rise. and the latter is dependent on the deflection of the fluid by the moving blade. A relationship is obtained by eliminating E between (2. 12 . Pressure rise is related to enthalpy rise. The associated pressure ratio is easily obtained from the enthalpy rise through the use of a polytropic exponent n.6.24) which we will utilize for axial-flow machines.immediately upstream.6 Velocity diagram for an axial-flow compressor. Clearly.18). may be determined.9) and (2.e. i.. We have learned that the blade profile of the impulse turbine is designed to make W1 = W2. Another difference is that the pressure rises in the flow direction both in the stator and in the rotor. (2. Ve = V2 . Axial-Flow Compressor An axial-flow compressor blade and velocity diagram are shown in Figure 2. This yields (2.24) confirms the earlier assumption that R = 0.

Such symmetry.relative velocity.. it is seen that the triangles would be symmetrical about the common altitude (Va). which is directly related to the compressor blade shape.8 Centrifugal pump.7 Tangential components of relative velocity. whether in a turbine or compressor diagram. since the application of (2. 13 . as determined from (2.6. Energy transfer is also related to the deflection angle. Centrifugal Pump The centrifugal pump is and has been an extremely important machine Figure 2.7 shows that the difference in the tangential components of the relative velocity is proportional to the deflection angle θ = β1 – β2. A typical compressor velocity diagram is constructed by making V1 = W2 and V2 = W1. Figure 2. This degree of reaction is optimum for minimizing the aerodynamic drag losses of rotor and stator blades in both turbines and compressors. to the angle of deflection of the fluid. i. results in R = ½. This condition is also termed a 50 percent reaction. Physically this means that 50 percent of the compression (or enthalpy rise) takes place in the rotor of the compressor and 50 percent in the stator.3) gives (2.e. Referring to Figure 2.27) Figure 2.24).

enters at station I with a purely radial velocity V1. and one would think it theoretically complex. The inner and outer radii r1 and r2 define the inlet and outlet of the control volume. The head is thus expressed as (2. or the head H (gH = –E). since (2. the head-capacity curve. the theoretical relation indicates decreasing head with increasing flow rate.9 Velocity diagram for a centrifugal pump. which implies that Vul = 0.31) 14 . r1. N. it is extremely simple to analyze. An important performance curve. and U2 = Nr2 . and b1. assumed incompressible. Since β2 is usually about 65°.28) From Figure 2. and the measurements used to predict expected flow rate. The energy transfer E. (2. Figure 2.16) as (2.8.30) where b2 = impeller tip width.9. for a centrifugal pump is constructed by plotting H as a function of Q. which also agrees with experience. However. Fluid. It is interesting to note that an actual pump impeller can be measured. is calculated from (2.to humans. It was discussed in Chapter 1 and is illustrated in Figure 2. a situation realized in practice. The impeller imparts angular momentum to the fluid so that it exits at station 2 with radial and tangential velocity components. This equation indicates that H goes up as the square of N. Figure 2.9 shows that such a prediction can be easily made from a knowledge of β1. Note that U2 > U1 since r2 > rl and the angular speed is constant.29) The meridional component Vm2 is the volume flow rate Q divided by the flow area 2πr2b2.30) expresses this relationship analytically and provides an ideal head-capacity curve for comparison with actual curves. Equation (2.

is the reverse of the centrifugal pump. Stations 1 and 2 are reversed. the absolute velocity V2 at the exit is purely radial so that the energy transfer is simply (2. and water enters at the larger radius r1 from a stator which controls the angle at which the water enters the rotor inlet.33) into (2. we can write the turbine head as (2. Of course. i.32) Equation (2. Hydraulic Turbine The radial-flow hydraulic turbine. integrated for the ideal isentropic compression of a liquid (for which the density is assumed constant).34) The latter equation is useful in calculating the pressure rise across the pump impeller.35) Since Vu1 = U1 – Vm1 tan β1 and Vm1 = Q/A1..32).36) 15 . a diffuser.33) Substituting (2.9) gives (2. Figure 2. the pressure can be raised further in the casing of the pump by reducing V2 in a passage of increasing crosssectional area. depicted in Figure 2.e.10. is (2.The enthalpy rise for a compressible fluid is determined from the thermodynamic equation (2. Ideally.10 Hydraulic turbine.

however. are like the impulse turbine example given except that an expansion of the fluid also occurs in the rotor. Starting with equation (2.38) Since Vu1 = 0 at the inlet of the centrifugal compressor.31). the Euler equation (2. fans.where b l = runner tip width. frequently with many rotors mounted on a single shaft.39) yields (2.40) Using a polytropic process to relate the end states we have 16 . The centrifugal pump is geometrically similar to the centrifugal corn. The turbine power is then obtained from the product of the total specific work and the mass flow of fluid. the relations developed for the compressor stage would also apply to axial-flow blowers. and the pressure ratio should be calculated from an equation like (2. which includes most steam and gas turbines.10) we can write (2. and pumps. Compressors usually involve many stages and the pressure ratios for each must be multipled to obtain the overall pressure ratio of the machine. The axial-flow reaction turbines.39) Eliminating E between (2. pressor. Usually. The flow rate Q is given.26). such as electric generators. by (2.16) simplifies to (2.33) for the approximately incompressible flows usually assumed in these machines. It should also be noted that steam and gas turbines used to drive large loads.38) and (2.37) Further Examples Similarities of other turbomachines to the four examples discussed above should be noted. centrifugal blower and centrifugal fan. The energy transfer term for each rotor (stage) must be added to obtain the total work done per unit mass of steam or gas flowing. The difference is that the isentropic enthalpy rise is calculated from (2. as in (2. This means that an enthalpy drop occurs there. In addition. and the degree of reaction R is greater than zero (typically R = 1/2). The axial-flow compressor example indicated calculations for a single stage. However. flow in the compressor must be modeled as compressible. total proper-ties po and To are used to formulate a working equation for the calculation of total pressure ratio in centrifugal compressor stages. include many stages in series.

These conditions define the so-called 90° (radial entry) IFR (Inward-Flow Radial) gas turbine. Vu2 = 0. the cylindrical flow area 2πr1 b1 used in equation (2. viz. Likewise.42) expresses the essential form for calculation of stage total pressure ratio. For the gas turbine the relative gas angle β1 at the turbine inlet is zero. A similar situation exists at the outlet of the hydraulic turbine rotor depicted in Figure 2.41) results in the following working equation for the total pressure ratio of a centrifugal compressor stage (2. it should be noted that. which implies that neither tangential nor radial velocity components are present. as was assumed in the development of equation (2. which is a design commonly employed in industry. the meridional velocity Vm1. Moreover. equation (2. which is of the same geometry as the inward-flow hydraulic turbine.(2. Hence. Symbols for Chapter 2 A area of flowing stream at control surface b1 width of vane at r = r1 in pump or turbine rotor b2 width of vane at r = r2 in pump or turbine rotor cp specific heat of gas at constant pressure specific heat of gas at constant volume cv 17 .35) can be applied to the radial-inflow gas turbine. where there is no swirl of the exhaust gases and Vu2 = 0.. which means that equation (2. and the vanes can be extended into the exit plane of the rotor.42) Although (2.28) is also valid for the case where the pump or compressor vanes are extended into the eye of the impeller.e. the fluid can be made to exit axially. the vanes are usually extended into the exhaust plane. in this case. As observed in Figure 2.31) must be replaced by a circular or annular flow area. For an assumed axial exit at station 2.10. Vu1 = 0.35). i.40) and (2. which implies that Vu1 = U1.41) Combination of (2. However. which appears in (2.31) as Nr1 cot β1 must be replaced by the axial velocity V1 entering the eye of the impeller..8 fluid enters the eye of the centrifugal impeller axially. some additional refinement is required and will be added in Chapter 5.

origin on axis of rotation degree of reaction absolute temperature blade speed absolute velocity component of V in axial direction component(meridional) of V perpendicular to control surface component of V in radial direction component of V in tangential direction specific work done on or by the fluid velocity relative to moving blade tangential component of W altitude above an arbitrary plane in a direction opposite to g nozzle angle. Vm2 = Vr2 in radial-flow machines) ratio of specific heats = cp/cv fluid density angle between WI and W2 (axial-flow compressor) 18 . angle between V1 and U angle between V1 and Vml (Va = Vml in axial-flow machines) angle between V2 and Vm2 (Va = Vm2 in axial-flow machines) angle between W1 and Vml (Vml = Va in axial-flow machines. Vml = Vr1 in radial-flow machines) angle between W2 and Vm2 (Vm2 = Va in axial-flow machines.e E H h ho ir iu k ṁ N n p P q r R R T U V Va Vm Vr Vu w W Wu z α αl α2 β1 β2 γ ρ θ specific internal energy of fluid energy transfer = w head = -E/g specific enthalpy of the fluid specific total (stagnation) enthalpy of the fluid unit vector in radial direction unit vector in tangential direction unit vector in axial direction (z-direction) mass flow rate of fluid rotor speed polytropic exponent (n = γ for isentropic processes) fluid pressure power to or from rotor heat transfer per unit mass of flowing fluid radial coordinate perpendicular to axis of rotation position vector.

The Buckingham pi theorem applied to the four variables and two dimensions indicates that two dimensionless groups can be formed. 3. when it is desired to predict the performance of other full-sized machines of a different size than those tested. the most useful combinations of variables are the flow coefficient ϕ defined by (3. This is important to reduce the cost of the development of turbomachines.1 Introduction In plotting the results of turbomachinery tests and in the analysis of performance characteristics.1.3 Dimensionless Quantities 3. Appropriate groups of variables are found by application of a dimensional methodology (dimensional analysis). Of the several possible groups that can be formed. or to operate under different conditions.2 Turbomachine Variables The important variables in turbomachine performance are shown in Table 3.1 Primary Turbomachine Variables Variable Head or energy transfer Volume flow rate Angular speed Rotor diameter Symbol gH (E) Q N D Dimensions L2/T2 L3/T 1/T L 19 .1) Table 3. and it is known from the Buckingham pi theorem that the dimensionless groups so formed have a functional relationship. It is also useful to use in the analysis of data from full-sized machines. An important benefit of dimensional analysis is that the results of model studies so analyzed and plotted may then be used to predict full-scale performance. it is useful to use dimensionless groups of variables. although the nature of the relationship is frequently unknown except by experimentation.

In fact. it appears in the groups. Specific speed Ns is formed in the following way: (3. which is not present in the others.3) As ϕ and ψ are nondimensional flow rate and head. or the inlet specific enthalpy hl. if Q and H are unity.e. they may be easily derived from ϕ and ψ. i.and the head coefficient ψ defined as (3. However.2) where |E| = gH has been used in the analysis. we have the Reynolds number Re. For example. then a new dimension-less group can be formed which will contain each.4) (3. if kinematic viscosity ν is added. an additional group for each new variable. defined as (3. If the number of variables is increased to seven by adding the inlet pressure P1.7) This is an important variable in turbomachines involving high-speed flow of gases. for example.1. Thus. Recall that four variables are assumed to be of primary importance. so Ns is nondimensional speed. If additional variables are added to the list in Table 3.5) where power P = ρQgH. we observe that Ns = N.. since density ρ1 can be introduced as a combination of p1 and T1 (from h1). the nature of the dimensionless groups is changed but not the number. Three other groups are also used extensively by engineers. we would expect the Mach number M to emerge as the appropriate dimensionless group. How-ever. the number of groups remains four. (3. The other particularly useful dimensionless groups are the specific diameter Ds and the power coefficient Cp as defined below: (3. This is because pressure involves the force dimension. in 20 .6) Another example is the inlet fluid temperature T1. namely. Since the latter quantity contains the square of the acoustic speed in gases.

9) In contrast.10) The equality of dimensionless groups resulting from similitude has important practical consequences. Velocity triangles at corresponding points in the flow fields are also similar. ratios of dimensions of corresponding parts are the same throughout. One example of this is seen from a consideration of head-capacity curves for centrifugal pumps. output power divided by input power. 3. or the ratio of outlet to inlet temperature T2/T1. can be included in the list of variables. Clearly. In gas-flow turbomachines either p2/p1 or T2/T1 could be used. since head is proportional to enthalpy difference.3 Similitude - Flow similarity occurs in turbomachines when geometric.combination with Q as the mass flow rate ṁ. a small-sized turbomachine) and its larger prototype. these ratios are equivalent. which typically appear as shown in Figure 3.. since the two are related through isentropic or polytropic process relations. In this case the mass flow coefficient can be written as (3.1. in general. A separate curve is needed for each shaft speed 21 . It.8) Other forms of the head coefficient are the ratio of outlet pressure to inlet pressure p2/p1 . Similar velocity triangles. which in turn is proportional to temperature difference in gas-flow machines and pressure difference in incompressible-flow machines. for example. but is. as are ratios of forces acting on the fluid elements. Efficiency η has many specialized definitions. kinematic. and dynamic similarity exist between a model (i.e. similar force triangles are equivalent to equal head coefficients: (3. imply equal flow coefficients: (3. it is also included in the list of dimensionless groups. It allows a most compact presentation of graphical results. too. and since it is already dimensionless. Thus.

when plotting the primary variables. and the third pump law states that (3. head varies as the square of the speed..15) 22 .e. varying diameter D while keeping the speed constant. regardless of speed. When it is desired to know how a given pump will perform at another speed when its performance at one speed is known. i.12) i. Thus we find (3.9) and find 1 1 2 2 (3. which is a pump law. it implies that capacity Q varies directly with speed N.10).14) (3.10) that the head H or pressure rise is governed by (3.1 Head-capacity curves.e. On the other hand. Power is the product of Q and H. The so-called pump laws also follow from the similarity conditions expressed by (3.13) Laws for scaling up or down. we see from (3.11) Figure 3. In a similar manner. the curves collapse to a single curve. follow in a similar manner after canceling the factors containing N..9) and (3. if head coefficient is plotted against flow coefficient. we simply cancel the D3 factors in (3. and a single relationship exists between ψ and φ.

for example.2 Compressor map.2 gives ranges of specific speeds corresponding to 23 . specific speed is commonly used to indicate the type of machine appropriate to a given service. since it is not a variable in the performance of a single machine. dimensionless groups are useful in design and machine selection. Performance curves are frequently plotted from dimensionless or quasi. For example. Similarly.16) Figure 3.dimensionless groups. and by using the same gas constant. Besides their use in performance curves. are usually pre-sented in graphs of the form shown in Figure 3.7) by eliminating specific heat and the rotor diameter.(3. the parameter N/√T1 is a variation of the machine Mach number formed from (3. Compressor maps. The abscissa is determined from (3.8) by dropping the diameter. which are both constants for a given map.2. Table 3.

called the Cordier diagram. Solution: There are four variables and two dimensions in Table 3. The rotor diameter can be determined from the specific diameter found from the Cordier diagram. A machine so selected or designed would be expected to have high efficiency.1.1) from the variables and dimensions in Table 3.4 Examples Example Problem 3. Sizes of turbomachines required for a given service are also determinable from specific speeddiameter plots of the type shown in Figure 3. 3. developed by Csanady (1964). a specific speed can be selected from Table 3. The Buckingham Pi theorem states that the number of independent dimensionless groups equals the number of variables minus the number 24 .3 Cordier diagram. To enter the diagram.3. of the optimum specific speeds of various machines as a function of specific diameter is useful in determining an appropriate size for a given set of operating conditions. Figure 3.1 Use dimensional analysis to derive equation (3.2.1. This correlation.efficient operation of the turbomachines listed.

we can write the ϕ -equation dimensionally as Equating the exponents of L we have 0 =3+b The equation for the exponents of T is 0 = -1 -a Hence. Use the conversion factors from Table 1 in Appendix A.2 Calculate the dimensionless and the dimensional values of specific speed NS for a centrifugal water pump whose design-point performance is the following: Q = 2400 gpm H = 70 feet N= 870 rpm Solution: The first step is to convert each quantity into consistent units. and the result is Example Problem 3. a = -1 and b = -3. Q and gH are chosen to serve as nuclei for the groups. we form th following arrangements of variables: and where the exponents of N and D are to be determined.of dimension: Since two dimensionless groups can be formed. Denoting the groups as ϕ and ψ. Since ϕ is dimensionless. 25 .

16). we write (3.Example Problem 3. The hydraulic loss HL is calculated from a friction factor f.14)–(3. and P and are given by equations (3. In turbomachines the Reynolds number is typically so high that only the relative roughness of the passage walls affects the friction factor. H.18) represents the mechanical energy extracted by the turbine rotor. which can be read from the Moody diagram. Fox and McDonald (1985). and dynamic similarity.. W/U and gH/(N2D2).17) Defining efficiency as output over input. The hydraulic loss in a rotor flow passage is given by (3.21) where n is an experimentally determined exponent. respectively.3 Use the relations for fluid friction losses in pipes to derive a scaling law for the efficiency of hydraulic turbines. The dimensionless loss is given by (3. 26 .20) where subscripts p and m refer to prototype and model. Assume this similarity between model and prototype in the present derivation. kinematic. and (3. Such laws are based on the principle of geometric. The scaling laws already derived are for Q. Solution: Refer to the Moody diagram in a fluid mechanics text. then friction factor is inversely related to machine diameter. Because of similarity D/DR is also constant.19) Similarity between model and prototype implies equality of LR/DR. e.g. The numerator of (3.18) where gH is the mechanical energy given up by the fluid during its passage through the turbine. If roughness height is assumed invariant. Thus we find (3.

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Pumps. on the other hand. the relative velocity W2 leaves the vane at the outer edge of the impeller at the blade angle β2. Ideally. Figure 4. known more commonly as impellers. respectively. The ideal or virtual head Hi . For the design-point operation the relative velocity W1 is approximately aligned with the tangent to the vane surface at angle β1. somewhat like that shown in Figure 1. may be designed to have several impellers mounted on the same shaft. blowers.4 Centrifugal Pumps and Fans 4. The absolute velocity V1 at the Figure 4.1. The vanes shown are curved backwards making the angles β1 and β2 with tangents to the circles at radii r1 and r2. and the fluid discharging from one is conducted to the inlet of the neighboring rotor. The individual impellers are designed to look. which is the ideal energy transfer per unit mass 29 . Thus Vu1 = 0 and Vm1 = V1. Fans and blowers usually consist of a single impeller spinning within an enclosure.1 Pump impeller. An end view of the impeller is shown in Figure 4.1 Introduction Rotors. thus making the overall pressure rise of the pump the sum of the individual-stage pressure rises. of centrifugal pumps.1.2 shows velocity diagrams at the inlet and outlet of the vane passages. and fans are designed to transfer energy to a moving fluid that is considered incompressible. inlet is shown entering with no whirl. in cross section. known as the casing.

34): (4. Reasons for this disparity and methods for correction will be given in subsequent sections. Fluid next to the pressure face of the vane is forced to rotate at blade speed.1) was derived earlier as (2. the magnitude of the pressure rise across the rotor is less than that indicated by integration of (4. i.4) Applying the law of trigonometry to the diagrams of Figure 4. thus the radial pressure gradient is (4. but instead tends to remain stationary relative to the ground. 4.for perfect guidance by the vanes.2 yields the relations (4.e.2 Velocity diagrams at inlet and outlet.2).3) A better estimate of the pressure rise is obtained from an equation formed from (2. is given by Hi = U 2 Vu 2 g (4.1) Equation (4. However.28).2 Impeller Flow Figure 4.28) and (2. Motion in a purely circular path at radius r implies a net pressure force directed radially in inward. The ideal head Hi is higher than that found in practice.5) 30 .1 shows an impeller rotating in the clockwise direction. less than (4. a resultant outward flow along the vane with an accompanying adverse pressure gradient occurs..2) Figure 4. Since the fluid does not follow the impeller as in solid body rotation. so that the net pressure force A dp on a differential element of cross-sectional area A balances the centrifugal force (ρAdr)N2r.

The azimuthal force resulting from this pressure difference is the so-called Coriolis force. which replaces the 31 . The ratio of the actual Vu2 to the ideal Vu2 is usually known as the slip coefficient µs.4). region near the outer end of the suction face. The latter implies a flow deflection away from the suction face near the exit of the passage. and the circulation is clearly dependent on the geometry of the flow passage. Figure 4. which is radially outward.1 shows a circulatory flow which is radially inward on the pressure face and radially outward on the suction face. This means that a moment of some.force has been applied to the control volume considered. Since the slip depends on the circulation. the velocity diagram of Figure 4. (4. As the fluid moves radially outward.2 must be modified to reflect the effect of slip.7) applied between the inlet and some intermediate radius less than r2 implies that the greater pressure rise on the pressure face is accompanied by a lower relative velocity W on that face.7) Although the static pressure at the inlet and outlet of the impeller is expected to be uniform across the opening between the vanes. Shepherd (1956) has given such a relation: (4. Equation (4.5). The change in Vu2 associated with this flow deflection is known as slip.6) Combining (4. and this is superposed on the main flow.6) results in the pressure rise expression (4. The actual tangential component of V2 is denoted by Vu2’. Conversely. this effect is illustrated in Figure B2 in Appendix B. The source of such a force is obviously a pressure difference between any two points on opposite sides of the control volume at the same radial distance from the axis of rotation. a higher relative velocity at the suction face is indicated. a theoretical relationship expressing µs as a function of the number of blades ηB and exit angle β2 is not surprising. and (4. its angular momentum per unit mass Vur is clearly increased. of magnitude |2N x W|. The difference in pressure rise on the two sides of the passage between vanes implies a separation. or backflow. For a finite number of vanes.and (4. pressures on the two sides of a vane are expected to be different. This force is applied to the impeller at the pressure face and the suction face of the vane.6) which is derived in Appendix B.

The enthalpy. The steady flow energy equation is applied to a control volume which is bounded by the pump casing and the suction and discharge flanges. and the balance of these energies is expressed by (4. Enthalpy can be written in terms of internal energy and flow work. and the corresponding input head Hin is calculated from (4. kinetic energy. All losses result in a conversion of mechanical energy into thermal (internal) energy.. The fluid angle for perfect guidance is β2 and is the same as the vane angle.3 Efficiency Flow in the impeller or casing passages is accompanied by frictional losses which are proportional to the square of the flow velocity relative to the passage walls. i. where circulation is maintained by the external flow.3. that corresponding to perfect guidance by the vanes. and potential energy are changed by the work input gHin. With a finite number of vanes and the accompanying slip.11) The hydraulic loss gHL is the loss of mechanical energy or the gain of internal energy per unit mass of fluid passing through the pump. so that the work input becomes (4. The energy transfer with a finite number of vanes is given by Vu2'/U2. we have (4. the actual fluid angle is different from the vane angle and is denoted by β2’. as is depicted in Figure 4.e. Wall friction effects this transfer through direct dissipation by viscous forces and by turbulence generation which culminates in viscous dissipation within the small eddies.9) 4.12) where the output head H is defined as the input head less the hydraulic 32 . where it is maintained by centrifugal effects.11) and transposing it to the left hand side. Secondary flow losses occur in regions of flow separation.10) where the subscripts s and d refer to properties at the suction and discharge flanges of the pump casing. and in curved flow passages.component Vu2 . Substituting gHL for the last term in (4.

14) Equation (4.. 33 . which is defined by (4. where no through flow occurs.000 gpm capacity. For typical values of flow coefficient. respectively. so that (4.16) the hydraulic losses. kinetic. Although (4.5./U2 which gives the minimum value of hydraulic loss.14) is used in Appendix C to determine the value of Vu2.12) becomes (4. viz. A different. The right hand side of (4. and the corresponding kinetic energies. According to (4.3 Centrifugal pump with piping loss.15) The Pump Handbook (1976) offers the following correlation of experimental data for hydraulic efficiency: (4.12) represents the increase in the three forms of mechanical energy.e.14) is useful in analyzing losses.Figure 4. vary from 30 percent for pumps of 50 gpm capacity to 8 percent for pumps of 10. potential. only the last term need be considered in computing the output head. i. and flow work. Outside the impeller. This circulatory motion of unpumped fluid results in an additional (disk friction) loss. Typically. 0. HL is usually obtained from the hydraulic efficiency. so that (4.20.16) where Q is capacity in gallons per minute.05–0.13) According to Csanady (1964) the hydraulic loss can be expressed in terms of loss coefficients kd and kr for the diffuser and rotor. the fluid is forced to move tangentially and radially.. the optimum value of Vu2’/U2 is approximately 0. represented by 1 – ηH.

i.15). and (4. the net mechanical energy added to the fluid in the pump as determined by measurement. Usually. which are typically bearings and seals. (4. use of energy occurs because of a reverse flow (leakage) from the high pressure region near the impeller tip to the low-pressure region near the inlet.9). and ṁ is the mass rate of flow actually discharged from the pump.18) where P is the power of the motor driving the pump as determined by dynamometer test. defined by (4.19) yields the simple relationship (4.e. as well as for disk friction.20) The Pump Handbook provides data on volumetric efficiency which is correlated by (4.21) 34 . The latter effect is the reason for the introduction of the volumetric efficiency ηV. defined as (4. Because of the loss of mechanical energy by the several mechanisms mentioned above.17) where ṁL is the mass rate of leakage.19) Substitution of (4..9). and is defined by (4. The mechanical efficiency ηm accounts for frictional losses occurring between moving mechanical parts. is less than the head computed from (4.but equally nonproductive. the head H. the practical performance parameter as determined by test is the overall pump efficiency r1.18) into (4. The so-called total head H is determined from the steady-flow energy equation after experimentally evaluating the mechanical energy terms at the suction and discharge sides of the pump.

where C and n are constants which depend on the dimensional specific speed N. Some values of these constants are presented in Table 4. The mechanical efficiency can be calculated by formulating disk and bearing friction forces or from a knowledge of the other efficiencies.21) shows that volumetric efficiencies range from 0. The process is illustrated in Example Problem 4.1. The theoretical head from (4. Thus.16) and (4.22) is also shown in Figure 4. and the other efficiencies can be calculated from equations (4.21). 35 .1. The actual curve is displaced downward as a result of the losses of mechanical energy previously discussed. 4. The overall pump efficiency can be obtained from Table 2 in Appendix A. A typical characteristic curve is shown schematically in Figure 4.99 for large pumps to 0. However. Equation (4.4 Performance Characteristics Characteristic curves for a given pump are determined by test.85 for pumps of low capacity.4. and they consist primarily of a plot of head H as a function of volume rate of flow Q.20). (4. the mechanical efficiency is the only unknown in (4.22) provides the engineer with the upper limit of performance which can be achieved.4.

we have (4.23) indicates a functional relationship between head coefficient gH/N2D22 and flow coefficient Q/ND23.5.24) and (4.14) by the square of twice the tip speed ND2. when plotted nondimensionally. assuming that no changes have been made in it. data for different rotor speeds will collapse into a single-head coefficient-flow coefficient curve. and it is required for the computation of brake power.e. and vice versa Expressing (4.25) Equations (4.since it does not account for losses. and this fact makes the pump (or fan) laws extremely useful. The latter relation is approximately that followed by the external system to which the pump is attached. The actual performance curves.22..4 and considering a change of speed from NI to N2. Since we are assuming similar flows.22) Dividing (4.18) overall efficiency varies with flow rate. Referring to Figure 4..e.25) express the pump (or fan) laws. Referring to Figure 4. As indicated by (4.24) and (4. we see that efficiency varies with flow rate from zero at no flow to a maximum value ηmax near the highest flow 36 . Thus the path from 1 to 2 for a simple change of speed is roughly the locus of similar states. We can predict the approximate value of head or flow rate resulting from a change of speed if we assume that the operating state.) in terms of Q. the operating state point on the characteristic plot moves from position 1 to position 2.22) indicates that the curve will shift upward. If the speed is increased. we obtain (4. are the same before and after the change. Manipulation of these equations yields (4. also show a functional relationship which is independent of speed. the values of head and flow coefficients. (4.26) which states that H is proportional to Q2. (4. i. which is independent of speed. which is a typical variation. i.23) Equation (4.

which is accompanied by pressure rise. while the former is classified as a mixed-flow design.7 and 1. Outward flow in the impeller passage. Acceleration of fluid surrounding the bubble. tend to have lower efficiencies.. On the other hand. machines of high head and low flow. since frictional head loss decreases proportionately with large flow area. Since the energy transfer per unit weight is reduced by the presence of vapor. 1972). This process consists of the formation and collapse of vapor bubbles. The actual value of ηmax varies from 70 to 90 percent.e. results in a collapse of the bubble. i. High head is associated with large-diameter or high-speed impellers. which increases diskfriction losses considerably. it is worth noting that test results show that centrifugal pumps with specific speeds between 0.rate. low specific speed. To avoid cavitation. which is required to fill the void left by the vapor.0 seem to have the highest maximum efficiencies (for example. results in losses and pressure waves which cause damage to solid-boundary materials. the head-capacity curve falls off at the flow corresponding to the beginning of cavitation. Characteristically. the latter-type machine is of the radial-flow design. Machines handling large flows have higher maximum efficiencies. the net positive suction head (NPSH). defined as the atmospheric head plus the distance of liquid level above pump centerline minus the friction head in suction piping minus the gauge 37 . and low flow implies higher proportional head loss associated with smaller flow area. The head-capacity (H-Q) curves can be altered at the high-flow end by the occurrence of the phenomenon of cavitation. which occur when the fluid pressure falls below the vapor pressure. depending primarily upon the design flow capacity. Although the choice of a specific speed may be dictated by design requirements. see Church.

or efficiency for viscous fluid pumping to the same parameter with water as the pumped fluid. For single-suction water pumps Shepherd (1956) gives Sc = 3. The table shows that equations and graphs developed from water-pump tests can be used to accurately predict head and capacity of pumps handling fluids with 100 times the viscosity of water. The effect of high fluid viscosity on pump performance can be determined through the use of correction factors for head. These form useful rules of thumb for the avoidance of cavitation by designers and users of centrifugal pumps. is maintained above a certain critical value. and overall efficiency. This effect can be explained by a significant increase in disk friction. the efficiency decreases dramatically with increased viscosity.29) (4. capacity. A critical specific speed Sc defined as (4. capacity. (4.vapor pressure. thus. On the other hand. and for double-suction pumps he gives Sc = 4.30) Table 4.2 illustrates the effect of high viscosity on the head. stemming 38 . The factors are ratios of head. capacity.27) is used to determine the lowest safe value of NPSH. and efficiency factors for the case of a centrifugal pump having a design capacity of 2400 gpm at an output head of 70 feet of water.28) (4.

18) is then used to determine shaft torque from (4. or to select a suitable pump from commercially available machines. Selected values of viscosities of liquids are presented in Table 1 of Appendix D. Analysis of viscous pumping is facilitated through the use of charts prepared by the Hydraulic Research Institute. The impeller design can be started by computing the required specific speed and using this value to determine efficiency from available test data plotted in the form of ti as a function of N$ with Q as the parameter. and cE for an engine oil are given in Table 2 of Appendix D.31) The shaft torque can be used to determine the shaft diameter Figure 4. This section deals with the application of principles to the problem of the determination of the basic dimensions of the impeller and casing. which are reprinted in the Pump Handbook. Brake power calculated from (4. 39 .from the fact that disk friction power is proportional to the one-fifth power of kinematic viscosity.6 Double-suction centrifugal impeller. and speed. cQ. capacity. Values of cH. 4S Design of Pumps Requirements for a pump comprise the specification of head. The process outlined below would enable the engineer to carry out a preliminary design to which the detailed mechanical design could be added.

For single-suction pumps.through the use of a formula for stress in a circular bar under torsion. a value of 0. when power or tip blade width is to be determined. (4. or when the Cordier diagram is being used to determine the specific diameter.16). thus. The impeller flow rate Q + QL is determined from (4.34) Using values of constants from Table 4. The hydraulic efficiency is computed from (4. The impeller flow rate is used to determine the vane tip width from (4. thus.32) Using the results from Appendix C. the specific speed for efficiency determination is based on Q/2.32) and is readily calculated for the specified head. U2 is the only unknown in (4. As shown in Figure 4. The impeller diameter is obtained using D2 = 2U2/N.55 is substituted for Vu2’/U2 in (4.5–0. The double-suction type is used to maintain low fluid speeds at the impeller eye and to avoid abrupt turning of the fluid when shroud diameters are large.35) 40 .17) by dividing ṁ by ρ to obtain Q. The shroud diameter should not exceed half of the impeller diameter.33) where NS is the dimensional specific speed. The Pump Handbook recommends that the flow coefficient be chosen in the range (4. the shaft may end inside the hub and thereby not pierce the eye of the impeller. the hub diameter is larger than the shaft diameter and the shaft may pass through the entire hub. The selected value of flow coefficient is used to determine the meridional velocity using the defining relation.6 takes half of the flow in each side.1 the volumetric efficiency is determined from (4. or volumetric efficiency.21). hydraulic. The double-suction impeller shown in Figure 4. rather than Q.6. On the other hand. the full flow rate Q should be used. The impeller tip speed and the impeller diameter should be determined from the head equation. Each side of the double-suction impeller should be treated as a single-suction impeller when determining overall.32). (4.

36) and (4. viz.5. the ratio may be taken as 0. as is recommended by the Pump Handbook. The constant k approaches unity as the hub-tip ratio decreases to zero and can be taken as unity to approximate the shroud diameter. The hub diameter must exceed the shaft diameter if one passes through the eye. the optimum number of vanes is calculated from an equation recommended by Pfleiderer (1949) and Church (1972). When all values are substituted into (4.. Using the selected angles along with the calculated diameters.37) applies to single-suction impellers. Equation (4. then (Q + QL)/2 should be used. 10–25 degrees.37) where the shroud diameter is given in inches when N is in rpm and Q is in gpm. In such cases.. The hub-tip ratio is then used to determine the design hub diameter. (4. The slip coefficient is combined with its basic definition to yield (4. The designer selects a vane angle In the range of 17–25 degrees. viz.5. The assumed vane angle can now be tested by calculating a new vane angle from 41 . The next phase of the preliminary design involves iteration on the vane angle β2. The hub-tip ratio used in (4. An optimum hub-tip ratio for minimizing the relative velocity in the eye can be obtained by differentiation of WlS with respect to D1S.38) The optimum number of vanes for pumps lies in the range of 5 to 12.39) This equation can be solved for Vu2/U2.The Pump Handbook recommends the following equations for the calculation of the shroud diameter: (4. The inlet vane angle at the shroud is selected by the designer from the range of values recommended by the Pump Handbook. the shroud diameter is deter-mined. If it is to be used for double-suction impellers.36) is selected by the designer and can have values from zero to more than 0.37).

then the governing relation should be (4. The volute begins at the tongue with no cross-sectional area and ends at the discharge nozzle. the flow rate is (ϕ/360)Q.7 Volute of a pump.(4. At any angle ϕ. The angular momentum of the exit flow. as in a channel of circular cross section.7). For water the nozzle is 42 . which is really a diffuser.42) If the channel width w is variable. The volute is usually in the form of a channel of increasing cross-sectional area. Vu2’r2. joins the volute to the discharge flange of the pump. is conserved.40) When the new value of vane angle agrees with the assumed value. The fluid exits the impeller with tangential and radial components of absolute velocity and is collected and conducted to the discharge of the pump by the volute or scroll portion of the casing (Figure 4. so the distribution is approximately Figure 4. in that the basic impeller dimensions will have been deter-mined.43) The so-called discharge nozzle. (4. measured from the tongue.41) The angle ϕ corresponding to each radial coordinate r3 is determined from the integrated volume flow equation (4. the design is complete.

. except that the units of head are customarily given in inches of water. Similarity laws for pumps are applied and are known as 43 .8 Centrifugal fan. or it may include vanes forming diverging passages aligned with the absolute velocity vector.8. a smaller radius ratio R2/R1.. A compressor also handles gases. A radial diffuser may be added between the impeller and the volute for highpressure pumps. It requires a volute. and of course are employed to move air or other gases. is calculated using static head (P2 – P1)/pg in place of total head H. 4.18). and those of capacity are typically in cubic feet per minute. of course. then the turbomachine may be called a compressor. but with large enough pressure rises that significant fluid density changes occur. based on (4. typically sized to produce a discharge velocity of 25 ft/s. if density is increased by 5 percent.e. requires a much smaller increase in impeller blade speed. A centrifugal fan. as indicated in Figure 4. The flow passages between impeller vanes are quite short. Performance curves are qualitatively the same as for pumps.7). The analysis and design of the impeller proceeds as with the centrifugal pump. but no diffuser is needed to enhance pressure rise.6 Fans Fans produce very small pressure heads measured in inches of water pressure differential. as compared with a pump. This may take the form of a space of constant width without vanes.Figure 4. i. i.e. as may be inferred from (4. and a fan static efficiency. Other differences are that both total head and static (pressure) head are usually shown on performance curves. and the incompressible equations are applied as with pumps. The small changes of gas density are ignored.

n = 0.83 Calculate the hydraulic efficiency using equation (4. Determine the constants for equation (4.296.21).16). C = 0. 4. 44 .195.21) by interpolating between values in Table 4.fan laws.7 Examples Example Problem 4.9 Head-capacity curve for a pump.24) and (4. Calculate volumetric efficiency from (4.1 Determine the overall.20). these are represented by (4. η = 0. volumetric. and mechanical efficiency for a centrifugal pump having a capacity of 1000 gpm and a dimensional specific speed of 1600. Solution: Obtain the overall pump efficiency from Table 2 of Appendix A.1.25). hydraulic. determine the mechanical efficiency from (4. Figure 4. Finally.

using the definition of slip coefficient. input. Let nB = 6.1). Determine the ideal.5 we learn that the optimum number of vanes for a centrifugal pump is between 5 and 12.5. an assumed value of dimensional specific speed can be checked at the conclusion. Refer to Figures 4.8). Calculate the ideal head using equation (4. Find Wm2. and the tip vane angle is 21. choose a value for φ2 in the range of design values prescribed in Section 4. Use the upper limit for the flow coefficient. hence. Solution: Convert the rotational speed from rpm to rad/s. A conservative choice would be 6 vanes. Calculate Vu2. From Section 4. Calculate the input head using equation (4.000 gpm.2 and B-2 (in Appendix B). Calculate the slip coefficient. if the impeller diameter is 38 inches.. and output heads.6°. The head is unknown but will be determined.9). Now apply equation (4. Assume NS = 1000. Since the impeller tip width is not known. . Calculate Vu2.Example Problem 4. viz.2 A single-suction centrifugal pump runs at 885 rpm while delivering water at the rate of 10. 45 .

which is easily converted to English units using the conversion factor from Table l of Appendix A.7)(0.e. Solution: The net positive suction head is given by We are given that zR = -10 ft.174 = 401. Example Problem 4. e. The head loss h f is determined from The average velocity Vsu in feet per second in the suction pipe is The kinematic viscosity of water may be taken as 1.7 psia.7 ft Calculate the hydraulic efficiency using equation (4..3 The single-suction centrifugal pump whose characteristics are shown In Figure 4.1)/32.4 lb/ft3..9 is operating at the design point.92) = 369. The free surface of the reservoir is at 14. 46 . from Moran and Shapiro (1988). The pipe lifts water from a reservoir 10 feet below the centerline of the pump. The assumed value is acceptable.16). Q = 3100 gpm.0 cs (centistoke).15).g. The vapor pressure of water is obtained from a table of thermodynamic properties. The suction pipe connecting the pump suction to the supply reservoir has a diameter Dsu of 8 inches and a length Lsu of 10 feet. Calculate the output head using equation (4.Hin = (146. H = (401.7)(88.6 ft Check assumed specific speed.5073 psi at 80°F. The specific weight of water ρg is 62. and assess the adequacy of the design. Determine the suction specific speed. i. which gives Pvap = 0. H = 100 ft and N = 1160 rpm.

g..4 Estimate the performance of the centrifugal pump in Example Problem 4. e.The Reynolds number of the pipe flow is The friction factor f is taken from the Moody diagram. we have The definition of the suction specific speed S is We calculate S stepwise and obtain Since the suction specific speed S is less that its critical value Sc.0112.3 for viscous pumping of a fluid with v = 150 centistokes at the same speed. Solution: Pump performance with water is given as Q = 3100 gpm H = 100 ft η = 0.83 47 . Example Problem 4. the elevation of the pump above the supply reservoir.. i. we can assume that cavitation will not occur and that the design. The head loss can now be calculated as Substituting into the equation for NPSH. is acceptable.e. from Fox and McDonald (1985) and is f = 0.

Calculate dimensional specific speed. D1S. Solution: Choose Vu2’/U2 = 0. we compute cE = 0. Round off calculated diameter. we will use them without adjustment.The correction factors in Table 2 in Appendix D are for a viscosity of 176 cs and will give somewhat more conservative predictions of performance with υ = 150 cs. Interpolating in Table 2 in Appendix D. b2 . Solve the head equation (4. β2.97 cH=0.72 cQ = 0. 48 . Choose D2 = 19 inches. Recalculate U2. Determine D2.5 The specifications of a double-suction centrifugal water pump are the following: Q = 2400 gpm H = 70 ft N= 870 rpm Find: D2.94 Predictions of performance based on these factors are the following: Example Problem 4. β1S and nB for the impeller.5 on the basis of the results of Appendix C. Calculate hydraulic efficiency from (4. Use Q/2.32) for U2. however.16).

21).36).37). Calculate meridional velocity at tip using (4.5. Choose b2 = 2.346 Calculate volumetric efficiency from (4. Calculate the hub diameter using the hub-shroud ratio.1 by interpolation. 49 . . C = 0.0 inches Choose hub-shroud ratio to be 0. Choose β1S= 17° Calculate the shroud diameter using (4. Calculate tip width of vane from (4. Begin iteration by trying a value of 20° for β2.Determine flow coefficient from (4.33).287 n = 0.34). Upper limit is Choose ϕ2 = 0. Calculate k from (4.38).35). Calculate impeller flow rate using (4.09 Determine constants from Table 4. Calculate the number of vanes using (4.17) and dividing by fluid density.

Check assumed value of β2 using (4. Solve the above equation for Vu2/U2 and adjust Vu2’ /U2 from 0.54. The result is a little higher than specified.40).8).5 to 0.Choose nB = 5 Calculate Vu2/U2 using (4. 50 . but the design is acceptable.

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whereas (5.1) and (5. Equations like (5. a single stage of a centrifugal compressor can produce a pressure ratio of 5 times that of a single stage of an axial-flow compressor. Additionally.2) where ηm denotes the mechanical efficiency. the h-s diagram. such as that shown in Figure 5.5 Centrifugal Compressors 5. auxiliary power units. The basic equations developed in Chapter 4 apply to compressors with the difference that density does increase. The diffuser process is indicated between points 2 and 3. The expression for compressor 53 . as opposed to a pump analysis. Since thermodynamic calculations are involved in compressor analysis and design. and the volute.2) would carry units of velocity squared. becomes useful. The main difference in carrying out a compressor analysis.1 Introduction Although centrifugal compressors are slightly less efficient than axialflow compressors. since the enthalpy difference in (5. Thus.1. the diffuser. It is convenient to use both total and static enthalpy. The state at the impeller inlet is indicated by point 1. respectively. namely. Suitable conversion factors do not appear in the equations but must be applied in computations with them. The corresponding stagnation properties 01. and 03 are also indicated in Figure 5. the centrifugal machine finds application in ground-vehicle power plants.1) as well as by (5. the impeller. The parts of a centrifugal compressor are the same as those of a pump. denoted by ho and h. energy transfer E is given by (5. Thus. and other small units. and that at the impeller outlet by point 2. 02. they are easier to manufacture and are thus sometimes preferred.2) used in the same analysis require care in handling units. is the appearance of an enthalpy term in place of the flowwork or pressure-head term.1) may carry units such as Btu/lb. since kinetic energies are usually considerable.1. and we must consider the thermodynamic equation of state of a perfect gas in the detailed calculations.

nor is there any heat transfer. h02 = h03 and T02 = T0 3 . the useful energy input is the work of an ideal.4) we can obtain the overall pressure ratio: (5. to E. as in the case of centrifugal pumps. the principle of the definition is the same. Using (5. slip exists in the compressor impeller. or isentropic.2). thus. The compressor efficiency can be reduced to Figure 5. in reality. and (5.3). An underlying assumption in the development of equations (5.4) is that there is no external work associated with the diffuser flow. (5. consequently. The compressor efficiency.4) which is the ratio of E.3) and (5.5) Since relative eddies are present between the vanes.1. Both definitions employ the ratio of the useful increase of fluid energy divided by the actual energy input to the fluid. an experimentally determined quantity.3) which evaluates the work of the isentropic process from state 01 to state i in Figure 5. This is calculated from (5. but.efficiency appears to be somewhat different from that for pump efficiency. (5. For the compression of a gas. is useful in predicting pressure ratios in new designs. 54 .1 Enthalpy-entropy diagram. compression to the actual final pressure P3.

19) and accounts for frictional losses associated with bearing. hence. which is given by (5. and disk fricton. the inlet total temperature.the slip coefficient is used to calculate the actual tangential velocity component. but the Stanitz equation is an accurate predictor of slip coefficient for the usual range of vane angles encountered in practice. as is indicated in Appendix E. the specific shaft work into the compressor is given by E/ηm.8) to calculate the slip coefficient. (5. and the stage and mechanical efficiencies. It is assumed that the mechanical energy lost through frictional processes reappears as enthalpy in the outflowing gas.2 Velocity diagram at impeller exit.. Figure 5.1). as is shown in equation (5. the total pressure ratio for a compressor stage can be determined from a knowledge of the ideal velocity triangle at the impeller exit. however. viz. the Stanitz equation. 55 . 45° < β2 < 90°. Several such equations are available.7) is used in place of equation (4.6) For compressors. the number of vanes. Thus. The mechanical efficiency is defined by equation (4. seal.

10) where the absolute inlet Mach number is defined by U1 56 . and the incoming absolute velocity V 1 is assumed to be uniform over the annulus.. it is seen that a choice of relative Mach number at the shroud of the inlet vane allows the inlet design to proceed in the following manner. W1 at the shroud is calculated from (5. At the shroud diameter D1S of the impeller inlet. The angle β1 varies over the leading edge. but they are usually bent near the leading edge to conform to the direction of the relative velocity W 1 at the inlet. but it has the same sense or direction.3.5. N.3 Velocity diagram at impeller inlet. It is easily shown for a fixed set of inlet operating Figure 5. Referring to Figure 5.2 Impeller Design The impeller is usually designed with a number of unshrouded blades. given by the Pfleiderer equation (4. and To1. since V 1 remains constant while U1 (and r) varies. to receive the axially directed fluid (V1 = Vm1) and deliver the fluid with a large tangential velocity component V u2’ . The acoustic speed a1 is calculated from the inlet temperature. that the relative Mach number has its minimum where β1S is approximately 32° (see Shepherd. Pot. Next.3.9) The static temperature is given by (5. M. This is because the vane speed U1 increases from hub to tip at the inlet plane. it is clear that W 1 = (V12+ U12)1/2 hat the maximum value of W1 occurs at the shroud diameter. conditions.8) where the acoustic speed is calculated from (5. the relative velocity W1S and the corresponding relative Mach number MR1S are highest. The vanes are usually curved near the rim of the impeller.38). 1956). which is less than the tip speed U2. so that β2 < 90°. Referring to Figure 5. i.e.

the fluid angle at the hub is calculated from (5.18) where the vane speed at the hub is given by (5.19) To determine the impeller diameter.10). (5.13) It is then posible to determine the shroud diameter.17) Referring to Figure 5.14) The hub diameter can be found by applying the mass flow equation (2.3. first. the tip speed U2 is determined from the impeller diameter and the energy transfer E is 57 .12) and (5.. viz. since (5.. and Table 3 in Appendix A is consulted to determine the highest possible compressor efficiency and the corresponding dimensional specific diameter.15) where the density is determined from the equation of state of a perfect gas. (5. thus.16) and the static temperature is found from the total temperature using equation (5.(5.11) Then V1 and U1S are calculated from (5.5) to the impeller inlet. the impeller diameter D2 is calculated from the specific diameter. viz. one should follow the procedure used in Example Problem 5. the dimensional specific speed is calculated. and the static pressure is found using (5.3. Next.

The compressor efficiency ηc.calculated from the ideal energy transfer Ei and the compressor efficiency.23) and the static temperature T2 determined from (5. The actual tangential velocity component Vu2. Finally.24) are used to determine density ρ2 at the impeller exit.21) can be used to estimate Ti’ . The latter total temperature corresponds to the total pressure po2 . and the ideal tangential velocity component Vu2 is calculated from a slip coefficient of from 0.6. (see Figure 5. Finally.22) The static pressure p2 is then determined from (5. the selection of a flow coefficient in the range of 0.23) The static pressure p2 from (5. in addition to its use in (5. The definition of impeller efficiency (5.20) can be estimated and lies between 0. the axial width b2 of the impeller passage at the periphery may be found from 58 .5). The ratio χ of impeller losses to compressor losses (5.5 and 0.35 permits the calculation of the vane angle and the number of vanes. . is calculated from the energy transfer.90.85 to 0.1). calculated from (5. can be employed to estimate the impeller efficiency ηI.23 to 0.

5. Since the addition of a vaned portion in the diffusion system results in a small-diameter casing.25) Ranges of design parameters which are considered optimal by Ferguson (1963) and Whitfield (1990) are presented in Table 5. The recommended ranges should be used by the designer to check calculated results for acceptability during or after the design process. a completely vaneless diffuser is more efficient. The vaneless portion. As with the pump.4 Arrangement of diffusers and impeller. 59 . The wedge shaped diffuser vanes are depicted in Figure 5. or empty space. angular momentum rVu is conserved.1. On the other hand. vanes are preferred in instances where size limitations are imposed.(5. then their number should generally be less than the number of impeller vanes to ensure uniformness of flow and high diffuser efficiency in the range of flow coefficient Vm2/U2 recommended in the previous section.3 Diffuser Design A vaneless diffuser. and the fluid path is approximately a logarithmic spiral. Figure 5.4. which may have a width as large as 6 percent of the impeller diameter. If vanes are used. also effects a rise in static pressure. between the leading edges of diffuser vanes and the impeller tip allows some equalization of velocity and a reduction of the exit Mach number. Diffuser vanes are set with the diffuser axes tangent to the spiral paths and with an angle of divergence between them not exceeding 12°.

The vaneless diffuser is situated between circles of radii r2 and r3. At any radial position r the gas velocity V will have both tangential and radial components. The radial component Vr is the same as the meridional component Vm. The mass flow rate at any r is given by (5.26) For constant diffuser width b, the product ρrVm is constant, and the continuity equation becomes

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(5.28) where the primed subscript is used to indicate the actual value of tangential velocity component at the impeller exit; however, in the vaneless space, the actual velocity is unprimed. Typically, the flow leaving the impeller is supersonic, i.e., M2’ > 1, and flow leaving the vaneless diffuser is subsonic, i.e., M3 < 1. The radial position at which M = 1 is denoted by r*; similarly, all other properties at the plane of sonic flow are denoted with a starred superscript, e.g., ρ*, Vm, a*, T*, and α*. The absolute gas angle α is the angle between V and Vr, i.e., between the direction of the absolute velocity and the radial direction. Since the radial velocity component can be written as (5.29) the continuity equation becomes (5.30) Similarly, the angular momentum equation is expressed as (5.31) Dividing (5.31) by (5.30), we obtain (5.32) Assuming an isentropic flow in the vaneless region, we find (5.33) (5.34)

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(5.39) The radial position r* can be found from (5.39) by substituting r = r2 and M = M2', which are known from impeller calculations. Finally, (5.37) can be used to determine α3 from a known M3, and (5.39) can be used to calculate r3 for known values of M3 and α3. A volute is designed by the same methods outlined in Chapter 4. The volute functions to collect the diffuser's discharge around the 360° periphery and deliver it through a single nozzle to the connecting gaspiping system or to the inlet of the next compressor stage. 5.4 Performance Typical compressor characteristics are shown in Figure 5.5. Qualitatively, their shape is similar to those of the centrifugal pump, but the sharp fall of the constant-speed curves at higher mass flows is due to choking in some component of the machine. At low flows operation is limited by the phenomenon of surge. Thus, smooth operation occurs on

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Figure 5.5 Compressor map. (5.41) and setting M = 1. Thus (5.42) This Mach number is found near the cross section of minimum area, or throat (At), so that we can estimate the choking, or maximum, mass flow rate from (5.43) The pressure Pt at the throat area may be estimated by assuming an isentropic process from the inlet of the stationary component to the throat area. Thus (5.44)

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.5.7 psia Total temperature of air drawn into compressor = 60°F Total pressure at compressor discharge = 61. Calculate the slip coefficient using equation (5.5 Examples Example Problem 5. Solution: Calculate the tip speed.2) to determine the energy transfer.7).000 rpm Total pressure of air drawn into compressor = 14. From Table 1 in Appendix F. or Since air is a diatomic gas. Compute the specific heat of air at constant pressure using the relations for gases.84 inches Number of vanes = 33 Vane angle with respect to tangent to wheel = 90° Calculate the efficiency of this compressor.92 inches Inlet hub diameter = 1.35 inches Inlet shroud diameter = 3.1 Data from a performance test of a single-stage centrifugal air compressor are the following: Measured mass flow rate of air = 2. The resulting equation is The gas constant is found from Using the above equation the specific heat is 64 . Note that Vu2 = U2. viz.2 lbm/s Test speed = 60. Use equation (5.97. since β2 = 90°. γ = 1. Next determine the tangential velocity component.4. we find that the molecular weight of air is 28.74 psia Impeller measurements are the following: Impeller tip diameter = 5. cp — cv = R and γ = cp/cv.

Calculate the actual total temperature rise in the compressor using equation (5. Solution: Determine the density at the inlet.3).96. Next determine the isentropic specific work from equation (5. thus. Finally. calculate the compressor efficiency. we assume that ηm = 0. Calculate T1.1). Note that the eye velocity V1 must be found iteratively. 65 . Example Problem 5.Since no mechanical efficiency is given. Calculate the total temperature rise for the isentropic compression.1 using Table 3 in Appendix A.2 Determine the compressor efficiency for the compressor described in Example Problem 5. Assume V1 = 447 fps.

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To avoid separation the pressure rise must be small for each stage. which may lead to separation. in contrast with the Figure 6. Aerodynamic analysis must be carried out for compressor blades. 74 . Clearly.1 Introduction Originally a very inefficient machine. of course.1 also indicates that the concave side of the blade moves ahead of the convex side. and Fans 6. made possible its present use in gas-turbines. This machine resembles the axial-flow steam or gas turbine in general appearance. Figure 6. A close look at the blades shows that the compressor blade deflects the fluid through only a fraction of the angle that the turbine blade does. since flow in the boundary layer encounters an adverse pressure gradient. This point is illustrated by Figure 6. Usually multistage. the development of the science of aerodynamics. whereas the turbine receives gas or vapor on short blades and exhausts it from long blades. stall. the axial-flow compressor was not used to compress air in the gas turbine power plant.1 Blade comparison.6 Axial-Flow Compressors. it must be studied and understood thoroughly by engineers. Now a highly efficient machine. and the consequent surge phenomenon discussed in connection with centrifugal machines. the fluid receives energy from the compressor blade and gives up energy to the turbine blade. which accompanied the development of high performance aircraft. the reverse is true of the turbine blade. one observes rows of blades on a single shaft with blade length varying monotonically as the shaft is traversed. that the blades are shorter at the outlet end of the compressor. The difference is. However. Pumps.1.

Generally. Axial-flow pumps and fans move liquids and gases without significant effect on their density. the vanes have small curvature and cause little deflection of the relative velocity vector of a fluid particle as it migrates through the moving passages. The relative velocity W1 approaches the vane at an angle a (the angle of attack) to the chord line. which is directed parallel to Wm. about onehalf of the enthalpy rise occurs in the rotor and one-half in the stator.3 Blade motion. is strongly associated with blade losses. i. streamlined.2 Blade profile Figure 6. Lift is maximized by setting the blades at high angle of attack.. and the change of momentum results in a lift force L perpendicular to the mean direction of W1 and W2. perpendicular to a mean relative velocity Wm. Such characteristics of blades are determined in a wind tunnel using a 75 . The approach to compressor stage design is the same as that used for axial-flow pumps and fans. Like propellers. an abundance of theory exists. and many blade shapes have been tested in cascade tunnels. or profiles. but they are different in that the fluid being moved is enclosed by a casing. so that the designer has a large stock of data to draw on in his or her considerations. Typically. like that of an airfoil: they are thin. except that the compressibility (density change) of the gas must be considered in the overall process of multistage machines.e. but stall occurs if the angle is too high. Figure 6. the vanes have shapes. Fortunately. and cambered (Figure 6.very large pressure drops found in turbine stages.2). The lift force L is primarily responsible for the transfer of energy. They are like propellers in that power is supplied to produce axial motion of the fluid. The exiting fluid with relative velocity W2 has been deflected slightly. and the drag force D.

or compressor blade moves in a direction opposite to that of the blade in an axial-flow turbine.2). Referring to Figure 6. The axial-flow fan. This kind of experimentation provides information not only about optimum incidence. and s is the spacing between two adjacent blades in a row.4. In Figure 6. The blade force equation (6. the concave side comes first.4) that rn is mass flow rate per blade per unit length of blade. 76 .1) The rate of energy transfer E is given by (6. it is clear that (6. An alternative expression for Ė is obtained by multiplying (6. since the flow ideally contains no radial components of velocity. and the blade power equation (6. given by (6. (6.3 blade motion is to the right.4 Control volume for a cascade blade. It is evident from (6.representative set of blades arranged in series.3) by mass flow rate ṁ.1). The tangential component FBu of the blade force can be obtained in terms of the angle βm that Wm makes with the axial direction.2) and the energy transfer per unit mass is expressed as Figure 6. per blade per unit length of blade. pump. respectively. should also be interpreted as force and power. but also about optimum spacing for maximum lift and minimum drag.4) where Va is the axial component of absolute velocity.3) in which U is the same at the inlet and exit planes. known as a cascade.

the length of a line drawn between the leading edge and the trailing edge of the blade (Figure 6.2 Stage Pressure Rise The first stage of an axial-flow compressor. 6. fan or pump may include inlet Figure 6. The presence of boundary layers and nonuniform flow deflection in actual cascades leads to experimentally determined relationships between these variables.5).4) and nondimensionalizing. For the ideal cascade. The relationship expressed by (6.2) with (6. so that the fluid enters the moving rotor blades at the proper angle.5) where. guide vanes.5 Velocity diagrams.7) where c is the chord. Figure 6.3).5 shows that V2 > V1.3).6) In getting (6.5.5) links the force produced by a blade with the flow angle and the nondimensional spacing of blades. which deflect the fluid from an axial path by the angle al and increase its velocity from Va to VI (Figure 6. we obtain (6. in forming (6. (6. as is evident from Figure 6. which means that the kinetic energy of the fluid has been 77 . Also.5) we have omitted the drag term that appears in (6.1) on the grounds that D << L. cL can be predicted from (6. or pitch-chord ratio s/c.5) we have defined the lift coefficient cL as (6.3) times (6.Equating (6.

of width S and of unit height along the blade. a complete stage effects an acceleration in the rotor and a deceleration in the stator. and. the stator blades redirect the fluid to its original direction.4.increased by the action of the rotor blades. temperature increase is also indicated. we obtain for the pressure rise across the moving row (6. as shown in Figure 6. The optimum solidity is determined by test. simplifies to (6. and low head correlates with high specific speed. Equation (2. pumps. Eck (1973) shows that optimum solidity. require low solidities. Compressors. for gases. and fans have solidities ranging from as low as 0. the stator blades may turn the fluid back to the axial direction. however.1 for two-bladed pumps or fans up to 1. so that the fluid leaves the stage at absolute fluid angle α3 = αl with absolute velocity V3 = V1. Let us consider a control volume.9).9) Expressing the axial component FBa of the blade force in terms of lift and drag. In multistage machines.10) becomes (6. is proportional to tan β1 – tan β2 which implies that machines of low energy transfer. the enthalpy rise implies a corresponding pressure rise in the rotor. both of which are accompanied by a pressure rise. but friction losses also are increased. as is shown in Table 6. Thus. defined as the optimum ratio of blade chord length to blade spacing.25). applied to the stator or diffuser of an axial-flow stage.11) 78 . For liquids or gases. we can write the force equilibrium equation as (6.2.8) and shows that h3 > h2 and p3 > p2. Equation (2. Increasing the number of vanes increases guidance and thereby increases head. applied to an axialflow compressor.5 for some compressors. for compressors. since W1 > W2. (6. fan or pump. or head. In a single-stage machine. Axial-flow machines of low solidity are typically machines of high specific speed. surrounding a single moving blade.10) In nondimensional form. Assuming no change in the axial component of fluid velocity from inlet to outlet. T3 > T2 is also indicated. shows that h2 > h1.

Using a trigonometric identity and noting from Figure 6. which represents the ratio of drag to lift. the tangent of δ may be approximated by δ. A similar derivation may be made for the diffuser blading to obtain the pressure rise in the stationary part of the stage. (6. A similar relation can be obtained for the diffuser section of the stage using the same method. An alternate expression for pressure rise across the moving row is obtained by expressing the axial component FBa in terms of the tangential component FBu. or cD/cL. Thus.12) and (6. 79 . which is defined as the ratio of pressure rise with blade drag accounted for to that with frictionless blades. namely.16) The above relation is useful in estimating stage efficiency.9) to obtain (6.16) that involve δ vanish.11) allows prediction of pressure rise in terms of aerodynamic coefficients and relative velocities. (6.13) we substitute (6. These are considered in the next section.12) Since it is small. Addition of the two leads to the equation for overall stage pressure rise: (6.13) into (6.14) in which the component FBa is replaced by using the change in tangential momentum flow.15) where ΛB is the blade loading coefficient ΔVu/U. Thus the stage efficiency η is given by (6.4 that (6.Thus (6. Elimination of drag means that the terms in (6.17) The drag-lift ratio δ used in (6.17) must be modified to account for several additional losses.

Since the flow actually takes place in the rectangular passage bounded by blades on two sides and by walls of the annulus on the other two. In the latter case. and the flow direction is severely modified. Figure 6. The thickness of the boundary layers on the blade surfaces deflects the main flow and thus changes the effective blade shape. Besides boundary-layer formation on the blades. the cylindrical surfaces at the hub and tip radii. viscous forces retard fluid in the stationary passages and result in total pressure losses. The velocity variation due to boundary layers on the blades and walls of the annulus. The effect of the increasing pressure in the flow direction slows down the fluid in the boundary layer and promotes separation of the boundary layer from the blade surfaces concomitantly creating regions of reversed flow.6.18) where h represents blade height and cD’ is the increment to be added to the previous drag coefficient to account for annulus losses.6 Secondary flow in blade passages. it has been found that the drag produced by these surfaces is correctly reflected by the relation (6. Secondary currents are set up in a plane transverse to the flow. In addition to resisting blade movement. whether moving or stationary.6.3 Losses Boundary layers on the surfaces of blades. layers are also formed on the inner and outer surfaces of the annular-flow passage. results in an additional loss. the effective blade shape is drastically distorted. coupled with the curvature of the blade surfaces. mark regions of high shear stress. it is expected that losses will depend on the ratio of blade spacing to blade height. Dissipation of the energy of these secondary currents takes place in the blade passage and 80 . Empirically. and the resultant of the viscous forces produced at the surface of the blade is the drag force. as is indicated in Figure 6.

The relationship between specific speed NS and specific diameter DS is given approximately by (6. high capacity. we can arrive at DS from (6.17) using the expression (6. it is expected that the corresponding drag is proportional to the square of the lift coefficient. i.21) 6. Because the trailing vortices are similar to wing vortices.20) where cT is the tip clearance. They are then machines of low head. with centrifugal pumps occupying the range below 2 and mixed-flow pumps filling the gap between the two. through the narrow passage formed between the blade tip and the casing.19) The difference in pressure on the two sides of the moving blades results in a leakage of fluid around the tip. This loss is accounted for by the empirical formula (6.in the wakes behind the trailing edges via vortices spawned by the interaction of neighboring secondary flow cells as they leave the blade.23) 81 .22). To obtain a more realistic value for the stage efficiency using (6. This value of specific diameter is used to compute a rotor tip diameter Dt in the following manner: (6. As a starting point in the design of an axial-flow pump we can use that part of a Cordier diagram (Figure 3. and H.. and cD'''. We then substitute for δ in (6.e.17). They require several wellfinished rotor vanes of airfoil section.22) Calculating NS from specified values of N.3) for which NS > 3. as shown in Figure 6. we can artificially increase the blade drag force by an amount proportional to the sum of cD'. cD".4 Pump Design Axial flow pumps are used for specific speeds above approximately 3. and a single stage. The recommended equation for drag coefficient is then (6. Q.2.

1.7. calculated from (6. and if the calculated solidity lies outside that range. The optimal number of vanes recommended by Stepanoff(1957) is presented in Table 6.2 Optimum Number Of Vans for Axial-Flow Pumps Ns nB 82 . It should lie in the range 0. The solidity. Generally. is given by Stepanoff (1957) and may be approximated by the relation (6. which is a synonymous expression for root diameter. blade-root diameter Dr divided by blade-tip diameter Dt.4 to 1. i. based on current practice.e.1. is based on a suitably chosen value of hub-tip ratio and the required specific speed. NS.By selecting a suitable hub-tip ratio. axial-flow pumps have hub-tip ratios in the range 0.24).24) where K is obtained from Table 6. The graphical display of the relationship between Dr/Dt. Table 6. we are able to compute the hub diameter..3 to 0.2 as a function of specific speed. and solidity c/s. a new choice of Dr/Dt should be made.

the required fluid angle β1 is given by (6.e. we know U and Va as before. Thus.29) Figure 6.7 Velocity diagram at rotor inlet. Vul = 0. we may write (6.27) where N is rotational speed in radians per second.25) The velocity diagram shown in Figure 6. Thus.25). thus.8. Because the inlet velocity is axial. With a known head and with no inlet whirl. we have (6.28) Figure 6.26) (6. The mean blade speed U is determined from the mean diameter Dm. at the mean diameter we can write and (6. and hence the same axial velocity Va.The annular flow area and the required flow rate can now be used to determine the axial velocity component Va. Assuming the same annular flow area.3). 83 .. Similarly. Thus. it can be determined from (6.7 shows the relationship between the mean fluid angle β1 and the velocities. we determine the exit whirl velocity Vu2 from (6.8 Velocity diagram at rotor outlet. i. the fluid angle β2 at the rotor exit is determined by reference to Figure 6.

8.20).The exit fluid angle β2 is easily found through the use of the geometric relation (6.9 Profile loss coefficients.17). i. where (6. the profile drag coefficient can be determined from (6.5) in the form.. The stagger angle.7 and 6.30) The mean fluid angle βm is determined from (6.32) In the absence of cascade data.e. where the profile loss coefficient ζp is extracted from Figure 6.18) through (6.33) Figure 6.31) and Wu1 and Wu2 are defined by Figures 6. (6. The additional drag coefficients are found from (6. the angle between the chord line of the profile and 84 .9. The hydraulic efficiency ηH is equivalent to ηs and can be calculated from equation (6.21) requires the use of (6. The evaluation of the drag-lift ratio δ from (6.13).

or angle of attack α.the axial direction. These serve to straighten the flow. It should be designed to provide a positive incidence over the operating range. and leaves axially. The angle formed by the camber line tangent at the leading edge and the vector V2 should vary from root to tip.8. Wilson (1984) recommends the use of NASA cascade data for double-circulararc hydrofoils as a basis for the design of axial-flow pumps and presents carpet plots for this purpose. The fluid leaving the rotor blades encounters a row of stationary vanes (Figure 6.5).e. Referring to Figure 6. Free-vortex Figure 6. 85 . NACA Report 460 is an example of such a source. In this method the product of Vu2 and D is kept constant.10 shows schematically the sort of cascade results available in NACA reports and elsewhere. and this variation of Vu2 with radial position will result in a variation of β2.10 Typical cascade results. we will select an airfoil section for which cascade data are available. produce the desired fluid deflection. as well as the correct incidence. design results in approximately uniform energy transfer at all radial positions. Cascade results should also be checked to assure that the angle of attack chosen does. However. it is seen that fluid enters the vanes at the angle α2. Figure 6.. The axial component Va may be reduced by flaring the walls of the annulus by several degrees. necessary to produce the lift coefficient cL calculated from (6. The angle β1 varies with U. is determined from the required incidence.11). and the blade may be twisted to provide proper guidance at the trailing edge. The blade may be twisted if the so-called free-vortex method is employed. in fact. to remove the whirl component Vu2 and to increase the pressure. untwisted blades may be used in the interest of economy of production. down to 50 percent of design flow rate. Generally. i.

blade tip diameter Dt is found using (6.11 Rotor and stator vanes.12 be used in lieu of those obtained from the Cordier relation for the determination of a tip diameter. and head H in ft. The velocity diagrams. The Cordier curve relation (6.25 to 0. are then constructed as described in the previous section using (6. Finally.23).12 Eck's correlation for axial-flow fans. Eck (1973) recommends that the values of specific diameters found in the shaded zone between the curves of Figure 6. specific diameter Ds.22) may then be used to determine Figure 6. Figure 6.6.5 Fan Design The design of an axial-flow fan can proceed in a manner similar to that of the axial-flow pump. volume flow rate Q in ft3/s.25) through 86 . Specific speed NS can be determined from specified values of rotational speed N in rad/s. as depicted in Figures 6.8. which is chosen to lie in the usual range of 0.7 and 6. The root diameter Dr is then calculated from the hub-tip ratio Dr/Dt.7.

.13 to select a suitable solidity σ for the mean diameter.9.(6. where cpi represents the ideal static pressure rise coefficient and is defined as (6. the blade coefficient as functions of angle of attack α.36) for the stator.17).e. and as (6. Angle of attack is the angle between W1 for a rotor blade or V2 for a stator blade and the straight line drawn from the leading to the trailing edge of the blade profile. i.34) Figure 6. the latter line is also called the chord line. The stagger angle αs is the angle at which the blade (chord line) is set with respect to the axial direction and is given by β1 – α for rotor blades and by α2 – α for stator blades. McKenzie (1988) recommends the following optimal solidity for axialflow fans: (6. Figure 6.5) is determined from wind tunnel cascade data for the airfoil shape and solidity used in the design. would be expected to lie in the range 0.13 Cascade data. estimated from (6. Fan efficiency.10 schematically shows data of this type. The fluid angles β1 and β2 required by the velocity diagrams can then be used with cascade data such as those depicted schematically in Figure 6.8–0. The actual chord would be selected to provide an aspect ratio h/c of from one to three. or 87 . The angle of attack α required to produce cL calculated from (6.31).35) for the rotor. NACA cascade data have been plotted by Mellor (1956) in a series of charts which enable the determination of β1 and β2 for rotor blades.

38) From (6.71. when applied to rotor blades. Each chart consists of lines of constant stagger angle αs and lines of constant angle of attack α. 6. then we must vary the fluid angles β1 and β2.. to establish velocity triangles at the extremities of the blade. There is a separate chart for each solidity and blade profile.. i.of α2 and α3 for stator blades. The quantity used as a measure of blade loading and hence of the tendency to stall is the diffusion factor. for rotor blades. respectively. Thus. Wilson (1987) recommends the de Haller criterion. As the angle of attack of a wing or blade is increased. The use of the Mellor charts is further explained by Wilson (1984).55 to assure avoidance of stall in axial-flow compressors. The phenomenon of stall occurs as a result of a slowing of the fluid in the boundary layer until the flow stops. and hence.38) it is clear that if the through flow velocity Va remains constant. the wing or blade is said to stall. and the energy transfer per unit mass E is to remain independent of radial position. Equation (6. Here we use the freevortex condition. to lose pressure rise. Vu2D = constant.6 Compressor Design It is important to design the compressor stage in such a way as to avoid stall. i. the lift force increases until a maximum value is achieved. or blade loading.37) For stator blades W 1 and W2 are replaced by V3 and V2. below a certain limiting value. which. The blade is twisted to accord with the angles determined from velocity diagrams for the tip and root diameters. The coordinates of the point of inter-section of these lines are the desired fluid angles. Stall occurs on compressor blades as it does on airplane wings. it is V3/V2 < 0. the blade speed U increases with increasing radius. or even reverses. and. may be stated as W2/W 1 < 0.3) can be expressed in an alternate form as (6.e. to lose lift and. is defined as (6. for stators. if further increases in angle of attack occur. we 88 . Mattingly (1987) recommends the use of designs having D < 0.e. the phenomenon is avoided by maintaining the lift force.71. which. at the same time.

and axial velocity through the velocity diagrams drawn at the hub. as well as others not discussed here. UΔVU = constant. For example. Consequently. and these pro-portions are given in the report of the wind tunnel results. mean. and hence the degree of reaction R varies. 1957).. Many such results are available to the designers and they are made for very specific blade shapes. Figure 6. the freevortex condition. when the optimum value of R.must vary the blade angles. 1956) that a value of 0.. viz. The latter has been defined by (2. Thus the designer will generally specify the blade shape for which results exist. and tip radii.14 Cascade results for the NACA Profile 68 (18): 10. It can be shown that ϕ = 1/2 is also an optimum value of flow coefficient.5 for Rat all radial positions. we must have twisted blades in order to achieve this equality of energy transfer along the blade. This is. The theory discussed in the previous section relates energy transfer to fluid angles. we find this value frequently used for a design value at the mean diameter. As before.14 (Herrig et al. as previously discussed.14 gives results for the NACA 68 89 . with the axial-flow pump. In addition. It is found empirically and has been shown theoretically (Shepherd. Another design approach is to use a value of 0. The variation of blade angles then implies that βm will vary.20) and can vary between zero and unity. Both bases for design are used. The development of a blade design requires the use of wind tunnel results such as those shown in Figure 6.5 is a near optimum for the degree of reaction producing maximum stage efficiency. Figure 6. blade speed. the tests are carried out for specific values of solidity c/s and stagger angle. R = ½ is selected simultaneously.

Figure 6.15 Velocity diagram for a compressor stage.15. Since a hub-tip ratio was also used. The blade tip speed can be selected on the basis of the strength of the blade material.(18): 10 airfoil shape. and Gostelow (1984).39) where sc is the design centrifugal stress. of the type shown in Figure 6.75. but in nondimensional form. For further information on cascade data. Substituting the chosen hub-tip ratio and a design centrifugal stress for the blade material into (6. a solidity 0. both rt and rH can be determined. a tentative value of hub-tip ratio must be chosen. the mean blade speed U is determined from the expression.6 for axial-flow compressors. Tip speeds of 1500 fps and less are typical. (6. Cohen (1987) recommends the stress equation. The mean relative fluid angle βm can be calculated from (6.13). and ρB is the density of the blade material. Wilson (1984). 90 . the reader is referred to Horlock (1958). a safe tip speed and tip radius can be determined. To solve for the tip speed.26). (6. can be started using the chosen values of R and cp. The compressor velocity diagram. Wilson (1984) recommends hub-tip ratios of greater than 0.39). and a fixed fluid angle β1 of 60°.40) where rm is determined from (6. Finally.

. (6. The hub-tip ratio must be checked to assure that the mass flow rate is the required value.55. (6.3.42) where ΔTos represents total temperature rise for the stage.0. (6. The blade loading ΔWu.41) and the steady flow energy equation. At this point several checks must be made.02.0. Q = ṁ/ρ.3).17).37). For this calculation. A solidity is required in (6. Finally. The above calculations result in the determination of all the velocities and angles in the velocity diagram. the aspect ratio can be selected in the range of 1 < h/c < 3. The camber angle is the difference between the angles formed by tangents to the camber line at the ends of the blade profile (Figure 6.The mean velocity is used to convert the dimensionless velocities into dimensional ones. the assumed stage efficiency is checked using (6. or ΔVu is obtained from the energy transfer using (6.16). it must be obtained from the required stage total pressure ratio Rpn through the use of the definition of the stage efficiency. The choice of blade can be made on the basis of the camber angles presented in Table 6. one should be selected in the range of 0. The diffusion factor should be calculated to assure that D < 0.43) 91 . Equation (6. Thus. and the tip clearance ratio can be taken as 0. viz. A typical value of solidity is 1. and this requires later verification of the assumed value.66 to 2. A value of stage efficiency must be assumed at this point. Since the energy transfer is required.25) can be used for this purpose along with the volume flow relation.

state 1 denotes conditions at the rotor inlet and state 3 those at the stator outlet. Thus. Normally. and β2.45) which is recommended by Mattingly (1987). (6.47) This is the same definition used in (5.46) The recommended calculations relate to rotor design. referring to Figure 6.17. W2.44) can be calculated from the Carter rule. for stator blade design. It has been shown. viz. we have (6.44). however. (6. In Figure 6. 6. by Cohen et al..43).4) for centrifugal compressors. The angle γ2 is then calculated from (6. and α3 replace WI. defined by (6. Once the blade having the selected camber angle is selected. the stagger angle is determined from the approximate relation. and γ1 is determined from (6. Finally. V3.17. stage efficiency ηs as well as multistage compressor efficiency are based on total temperatures. α2. but V2. the deviation. β1.16 Compressor blade angles.Figure 6. the same procedure is followed. (1974) 92 . however. respectively.7 Compressor Performance Prior to construction and testing of the prototype machine it is desirable to determine estimated performance characteristics by means of calculation.

Cascade test results may be used to determine values of lift and drag coefficients for the blade profile. Similarly. the lift and drag coefficients can be calculated from (6. and the resulting equation. (6. The overall compressor pressure ratio can be determined from the product of individual stage pressure ratios. because the velocity profile Va(r) is nearly flat. Thus it is possible to construct velocity diagrams for each off-design flow rate.that the incompressible definition (6. The annular walls create a boundary layer which causes peaking of Va near the mean radius.3) is quite accurate for a single stage.18–6. can be used to predict off-design performance.20).17 Enthalpy-entropy diagram. the angle of incidence also varies. (6.48) can be used for each stage with a constant value of λ. called the workdone factor. coupled with cascade data.17) predicts the stage efficiency well.33).32). The same basic relations. the overall total temperature rise is the sum of stage total temperature rises using the 93 . The work-done factor may be approximated from (6. and (6. because the rise of total temperature in the stage is sufficiently Figure 6. but the rotor and stator fluid exit angles do not deviate appreciably from their design values. If cascade data are not available. and from the indicated incidence to determine values of cL and cD from cascade test results. As the flow rate through the compressor is varied from the design value. The energy transfer relation (6. Thus (6.3) must be multiplied by a factor λ. small.49) where NSt is the number of stages in the compressor.

Such a stage may be desirable in aircraft compressors where the cross-sectional area is minimal.30 and 0. (6.42) applied to the compressor as a whole. Thus.4 and the blade loading coefficient is 0. and the stalling incidence angle corresponding to the maximum value of cL obtained in cascade tests.055. The polytropic efficiency ηp is sometimes used in multistage compressors to calculate the outlet temperature. Lift and drag coefficients are 1. where cd includes all losses.1 In an axial-flow compressor stage the degree of reaction is 0. so that (6.5. (γ– 1)/ηpγ replaces the polytropic exponent (n – 1)/n. The entering air density is 94 .5. Thus the first stage will be the most likely site of shock losses. whereas the situation is reversed at high rotor speeds. This plot of Rp as a function of ṁ with N as parameter shows operational limits set by the phenomena of stalling at low flow rates and choking at high flow rates. 6.51) The compressor map for an axial-flow compressor will have the same appearance as that shown schematically for the centrifugal compressor in Figure 5.8 Examples Example Problem 6.7–0. The first stage may be designed for supersonic inlet velocities near the tips.355. the flow coefficient is 0. Mach numbers decrease. thus.41) and (6. At low speeds.50) where Rp and ΔT0 in this equation denote the total pressure ratio and the total temperature rise for the whole machine.definitions of (6. choking occurs in the rear stages and stalling (due to high incidence) in the front stages. The leading edge of such blades will be sharp to accommodate attached oblique shocks as discussed by Kerrebrock (1977). the mean blade speed is 1000 fps.8) to indicate the first appearance of sonic flow in the blade passages. The blades are called transonic in that they accommodate subsonic flow near the hub. These phenomena can be predicted in advance using indicators such as the critical Mach number Mc based on inlet relative velocity (usually Mc ≈ 0. Since temperatures increase in stages after the first. respectively.

(1991)) has no inlet guide vanes and runs at 12. Solution: Calculate the change in the whirl component of velocity. Solution: Calculate the tip radius.2 An axial-flow.0. The tip blade speed is 1322 fps.0024 slug/cu ft. Example Problem 6. Calculate drag-lift ratio. Calculate the energy transfer. Thus. The circle of mean radius divides the annular area of the compressor into two equal areas. the hub-tip ratio is 0. and the solidity is 1.000 rpm. Calculate the stage pressure rise. Determine the energy transfer and the stage static pressure rise. experimental air compressor [see Paulon et al.70.375. Find the mean blade speed. single-stage. the mean radius is calculated from the following equation: 95 . high-performance.

2 and 6. Solution: Noting that V1 is axially directed.7. Finally. assuming a stage efficiency 0. Example Problem 6. Solution: A previous calculation gave V1 = 659 fps (axially directed). From Figure 6. high-performance stages. find the absolute and relative Mach numbers of the air entering the rotor.87. the mean blade speed is Example Problem 6. Thus.2.3 Using the data from Example Problem 6. Finally. if the relative air angle at entry is 60° and Tol is 540°R. the velocity diagram is as shown in Figure 6.3.7.where rH = 0. Note: an efficiency this high is realizable in modern. it is clear that 96 .4 The relative air angle at the rotor exit is 35° in the compressor stage considered in Example Problems 6. Calculate the static temperature using the relation between static and total temperature.7rt has been used. Find the energy transfer and stage total pressure ratio. Calculate the acoustic speed in the inlet air. calculate the Mach numbers.

02. (1990) for the same design was 1.32).2–6.8.5 Estimate the stage efficiency for the single-stage compressor described in Example Problems 6.375. Solution: Calculate degree of reaction.Referring to Figure 6.4. Example Problem 6.3) and is The stage pressure ratio is given by (6.95. 97 . The approximate rotor solidity is 1. Solve for cL using equation (6. the approximate rotor blade aspect ratio is 0. Calculate the flow coefficient.72 and the assumed tip clearance ratio cT/h is 0.41) and (6. Calculate the mean relative air angle. it is seen that The energy transfer is given by (6.42) and is Note: Pressure ratio measured by Paulon et al.

Calculate cD for profile drag from equation (6.21 ). Next. find the chart abscissa. (6. Next. (1990) for the corresponding actual machine was 0. Enter the chart and find ζ p = 0.17). apply (6.Use Figure 6.19). Finally. find blade loading coefficient over flow coefficient.09. and (6. 98 .33).20) to determine additional contributions to drag.9 to determine the profile loss coefficient. compute the stage efficiency using (6. Note: It is interesting that the stage efficiency measured by Paulon et al. First.872.18). Next. solve for the total drag over the lift using (6.

42) using the above E and the given ηs. Substituting these values into the pressure-ratio equation yields the following total pressure ratios for the four stages: Rp1 = 1. applies to each of the four stages. Rp3 = 1.54°R. The inlet temperature of the compressor is 540°R and the velocity diagrams are the same as in Example Problems 6.27° in each subsequent stage.4. and The individual stage pressure ratios are calculated from equations (6.6 Find the overall compressor efficiency for a four-stage compressor.458.81°R. Thus. or 4.Example Problem 6. corresponding to the stage number. from (6. and T04 = 888.50) to determine the overall efficiency of the four-stage compressor. Substituting. in which each stage has the same velocity diagram and stage efficiency. T02 = 656. 2.48) and (6.824.27°R.538. we have 99 . Thus. Thus.41) and (6. Solution: Since we have a multistage machine. and Rp4 = 1. The rise of total temperature is the same across any stage and is The overall temperature rise for four stages is The inlet total temperature Ton increases by 116. the inlet temperatures for the four stages are the following: T01 = 540°R.2 through 6.49) with NSt = 4. when n takes on the value of 1.652. The product of these pressure ratios is the overall pressure ratio for the compressor. T03 = 772. we must apply a work done factor. 3. which is The overall pressure ratio and the overall temperature rise are used in equation (6. Rp2 = 1.

In the present example the stage pressure ratios are unusually high. For multistage machines with small stage pressure ratios. we calculate the compressor outlet temperature in the following way: Then.It is noted that the overall efficiency is a little lower than the stage efficiency. the polytropic efficiency is calculated from equation (6. and is just the opposite for multistage turbines.51) and is Note: Even in the present case the polytropic and stage efficiencies are nearly equal. it is sometimes assumed that the stage efficiency is equal to the polytropic efficiency. First. we will calculate the polytropic efficiency to make a comparison with the stage efficiency for the present case. which is always the case for multistage compressors. when the number of stages is five or more. However. 100 . the approximation would not be expected to apply. and the number of stages is only four. thus.

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and it provides the 104 . consistent with the required life of the first-stage Figure 7.1 Introduction The simplest gas turbine engine requires at least two major components besides the turbine proper (Figure 7. the cycle thermal efficiency ηth is very important. Process 1—2 is an isentropic compression. blades. 2—3 an isobaric heating. The latter efficiency is defined as (7. The gas (usually air) must be compressed by a centrifugal or axial-flow compressor.1) where Wt is turbine work per unit mass of gas.and the cycle pressure ratio is chosen as that value corresponding to maximum cycle thermal efficiency or maximum specific output Wt — Wc. Thus determination of the optimum cycle pressure ratio is a logical first step in the design of a gas turbine. The latter processes reflect the compressor efficiency ηc and turbine efficiency ηt. A more realistic model of the gas processes would follow the dashed lines 1—2' and 3-4'. the design value of the peak temperature T3 is raised as high as possible. and QA is the heat added to the gas in process 2'-3.7 Radial-Flow Gas Turbines 7. Wc is compressor work.2. Gas is delivered to the turbine inlet at an elevated pressure and temperature.1).1 Gas-turbine power plant. and then it must be heated (usually by burning a hydrocarbon fuel) in a combustor or heat exchanger. Usually. Besides component efficiencies ηc and ηt. and 3-4 an isentropic expansion. The ideal thermodynamic cycle associated with the simple gas turbine is the Brayton cycle depicted in Figure 7. Cycle thermal efficiency depends on the cycle pressure ratio P2/P1 and the cycle temperature ratio T3/T1.

turboprop aircraft engines. Figure 7. gas processing units.flow turbine will be discussed. In this chapter we shall consider primarily the design and performance of radial-flow turbines. Three additional radial-flow turbines should be mentioned. Furthermore.turbomachine designer with the thermodynamic state of the gas as it enters the first stage of the turbine. The Tesla turbine. The Francis-type hydraulic turbine. In Chapter 8 the axial. mass flows. which gains its motive force from fluid friction acting on closely spaced disks mounted on a shaft. Hydraulic turbines are discussed in Chapter 10. is a vaneless form of a radialinflow turbine. but it makes use of water as the flowing fluid. the pressure ratios and mass flows are also roughly equal. at present. it is preferred for power plant standby units and large aircraft engines. The determination of a point of operation is a process known as matching. 105 . Tesla. and pressure ratios are equal. which was invented in 1911 by N. is very similar in geometry to the gas turbine described in the present chapter. discussed by Shepherd (1956) and Dixon (1975) is a radial-outflow turbine that has been widely used in steam power plants. widely used in various sizes up to 600 MW in hydraulic power plants. turbochargers. and the two machines are matched when speeds. the speed of one must be the speed of the other. Both compressor and turbine maps are required to carry out the matching process. since this type is widely used in auxilliary power units. Another point that should be made is that the compressor and turbine are interdependent. Usually mounted on the same shaft. and waste-heat and geothermal power recovery units.2 Thermodynamic cycle. Rice (1991) presents a critical discussion of recent research of this potentially useful machine. The Ljungstroem turbine. which was first developed in 1847 and is.

5. located around the casing between the volute and the rim of the rotor.9) to the stator results in the energy equation. so that the relative velocity W3 leaves the rotor with a tangential as well as an axial component and makes the angle β3 with the axial direction. First. 106 . (7. flow in the turbine is opposite to that of the compressor.3 shows the basic elements of the radial-flow turbine.. the gas enters the volute.4 indicates than the trailing portion of the rotor vanes are curved. Figure 7.2) Figure 7. The gas exhausts from the rotor at pressure p3 and undergoes a flow compression in the diffuser. Velocity triangles for rotor inlet and exit are shown in Figure 7. which distributes it to the nozzle ring. shown in Figures 7.3 Longitudinal section of radial-flow turbine. i. However. expand the gas to velocity V2 and direct it to exit at flow angle α2 just before it impacts on the rotor vanes. from which it exits at section 4 (Figure 7.3) at atmospheric pressure pa.4.7. the gas flows from the outer to the inner radius. The relative velocity W2 enters the rotor at radial position r2 and flows radially and then axially through the passages between the rotor vanes. Figure 7.e. or stator. The stator vanes. Applying equation (2.2 Basic Theory A typical radial-flow gas turbine is constructed like a centrifugal compressor with radial vanes at the tip of the impeller.3 and 7.

4 Transverse section of radial-flow turbine. Applying the adiabatic flow equation (2.6) Although Vu3 = 0 for the usual IFR gas turbine. in which W2 is not 107 .2) as (7.9) and the Euler equation (2.5) and (7. we can write (7.16) to the turbine rotor yields (7. we will first consider the more general form of the velocity triangles.4) Figure 7.5 Velocity diagrams for radial-flow gas turbines.Since total properties in the volute are usually known. the energy equation for the exhaust diffuser will be (7.3) Similarly. Figure 7.

10) into (7.7) (7. we can write the following set of equations: (7.5).12) Substitution of (7.9) and (7.11) (7.12). In this case. application of (7.10) (7.13) If the moving gas is brought to rest with respect to the moving rotor blade at any point in the rotor passage.radial and V3 is not axial.8) (7. (7.8) and (7. its enthalpy at that point 108 .11) and (7.9) in the resulting expressions and final substitution for the kinetic energy terms in (7. leads to the important result.9) (7.

6. 02.15) and (7. we can write the following equations for total properties at these points: (7.16) In Figure 7.6 the points 2 and 02R are on the same constant entropy line. the isentropic relationship between 3 and 03R warrants the use of (7.17) Similarly.6 as 01. thus. (7.23) 109 .14) and the corresponding relative total pressure and temperature of the gas are denoted by poR and ToR. (7. thus.14) by dividing by cp they are (7.becomes the relative total enthalpy. The relative stagnation (or total) states are depicted on the temperature-entropy diagram in Figure 7.19) (7. The temperatures at these states are obtained from (7.21) (7.22) (7.20) (7.18) Similar relations hold for absolute total properties depicted in Figure 7. and 03.

(7. becomes (7. The turbine process can be idealized further by imagining that the exhaust gas leaves the turbine with zero kinetic energy.e.31) Substituting the above equations into (7.24) (7. ho3’ → h3’. For example.30) and (7.26) (7. the basic equations can be simplified considerably. i.5).32) Referring to Figure 7.(7.25) (7. when applied to the ideal turbine. defined by p01 and T01.. The ideal expansion 01 to 3' could take place in an ideal turbine or in an ideal nozzle.27) For the 90° IFR gas turbine (inflow radial with W2 = Vr2. (7. V3’ → 0. defined by p3 and T3’. and the state of the flowing rotor exhaust.29) (7. a direct isentropic process exists between the stagnation state 01.33) 110 .28) (7.13) yields the equation for rotor temperature ratio. and equation (7. since Vu2 = U2 and Vu3=0.6. thus.

38) represents the energy transfer Ei of an ideal turbine.38) represents the energy transfer E of the actual turbine.6.5) that the numerator of (7.38) It is clear from equations (7. (7. The turbine efficiency of the ideal turbine is 100 percent. The total-to-static efficiency is defined as (7.36) Substituting for Ei with equation (7. In this case.37) permits the designer to estimate the upper limit of rotor tip speed for a given set of inlet and exit conditions.34) and (7. equation (7.35).3) to the ideal nozzle.34) shows that the denominator of equation (7. we find that (7.37) which gives the rotor tip speed for the ideal 90° IFR gas turbine. This is apparent from the spouting velocity equation.Noting that V3’ → 0 and applying (7. we have (7. we obtain (7.3) and (7. we can write (7.36). whereas equation (7.35) Equating the left hand sides of (7.28). can also take place in an ideal nozzle. which is called the spouting velocity.38) is obtained through the employment of equation (7.3).35). An alternative form of equation (7. Adapting equation (7.34) The ideal process from state 01 to state 3'. as previously noted in Figure 7. whether the totalto-total efficiency or the total-to-static efficiency is used. thus we can write (7. the exit velocity becomes the maximum possible nozzle exit velocity co. 111 .40) which can be derived from (7.39) Practically.

it is seen that states 03 and 3. Combining (7. Combining (7.44) (7.The total-to-total efficiency of a turbine is defined as (7.41) by cp gives (7. Additionally.38) results in 112 .42) Figure 7. thus.6 shows that p03’ = p03 and p3’ = p3. and (7.42) by cp yields (7. (7. (7. (7.38).49) which allows the calculation of one efficiency from the other.46) Dividing numerator and denominator of (7. and 01 and 3' are connected by isentropic processes.41) where (7. and (7.48) produces (7.3).5).24).45) and (7. 03' and 3'.47) T03’ for the above equation is found from (7.46).45) The equality of pressure ratios means that (7. (7.21). we can write (7. Dividing (7.48) The above equation can be used to determine V3'.5).47). (7. (7.43) (7.42).

24) and (7.24).30).50). β2. U3. The turbine exhaust total temperature T03 can be found from (7. and the turbine exhaust pressure p3 are also known.6).(7..53) Since p3 = p3'. and that the volute pressure and temperature.56) where U3 csc 133 is substituted for W3. we can write (7. Substituting these values into (7. which can be written as (7. (see Figure 7.5). (7. then the loss coefficients λN and λR must also be known in order to determine the efficiency.. viz. Since p2 = p2'. viz. and α2 are available. the isentropic relation. The nozzle loss coefficient is defined as (7. A second relationship is provided by (7. and γ3 are known. The rotor loss coefficient λR is defined as (7.55) and serves as one relationship between β3 and T3.54) is used to find T3” . 113 .52) and is used to calculate T2. and the ideal exhaust temperature T3’ is calculated from (7. If only U2. U3. p01 and T01. (7.50) Assuming that U2.45).50) yields ηts.51) The static turbine exhaust temperature T3 is determined from (7. the efficiency ηts can be calculated from (7.

V32 is calculated from (7. which.7 are conservative. The efficiencies of Figure 7. except for the shaded area in the center. Finally. and the efficiency ηts is determined from (7. The Balje diagram can be used by the designer to select combinations of Ns and Ds which correspond to a given efficiency. Subject to stress limitations. which consists of isoefficiency curves plotted as functions of specific speed and specific diameter.30). The Balje diagram for the 90° IFR gas turbines is presented in Figure 7. as is described above. the rotor tip diameter can be determined 114 .(7. An alternative to calculation of ηts from the loss coefficients.57) The above equations can be solved simultaneously for T3 and β3. according to Whitfield and Baines (1990).7. is the use of the Balje diagram.9. represents designs with efficiencies of 0.50).

and efficiency. The details of the design process is considered in the next section.g. strengthens the relative eddies.from the chosen specific diameter. If p01. U2 is found from the ratio U2/co and checked against the structural limit for U2 set by a stress analyst.7. the result is increased vane pressure difference. Whitfield and Baines (1990) show that negative incidence. Ds. Ds. Ns.59) are multiplied together.59) where co can be determined from (7. energy transfer. and U2/co. as shown in the velocity diagram of Figure 7.8 depicts the counterrotating relative eddies in the blade passages of the 90° IFR gas turbine. (7. finally.. It should be noted that the spouting velocity appears in the definitions of both specific diameter and specific speed. and. (7. 7. and p3 are known. and Q3 is the volume flow rate of gas measured at exhaust conditions.61) Thus.g.40) can be used to determine co. The optimum value of 115 . T01. Figure 7. thus. 1600—1700 fps is a possible range of acceptable values for tip speed.8. and ηts. which can then be checked against recommended design values for this parameter (see Table 7.58) and (7. e. Using a Balje diagram.61) can be used to determine the corresponding value of U2/co. the Balje diagram is a useful design tool for the initial selection of ηts.40).3 Design The Balje diagram provides a starting point in the design process. The latter flow rate is determined from the exhaust density and the mass flow rate using (7.. their product is (7.60) When (7.58) (7. e. Figure 7.1). Equation (7. allows choices to be made of Ns.

then (7.65) Once the energy transfer has been determined. The minimum number of vanes to prevent flow reversal is given by Glassman (1976) as (7.15).28) is used to determine E.66) D3S and D3H are determined from diameter ratios which are selected from the ranges given in Table 7. The rotor exit velocity V3 and the axial 116 . E can be determined from (7. With negative incidence.6) with Vu3 = 0 and (7.1 and later modified to achieve compliance with recommended ranges of values of β3 and V3/U2 recommended in Table 7.62) where nB is the number of vanes. If zero incidence is selected.63) where α2 is in degrees.incidence β2 for maximizing this effect is given as (7.1. the mass flow of gas required to achieve the specified power can be calculated from (2. which can be expressed as (7.64) where (7.

70) is based on the rms mean value of diameter.69) The angle β3 is determined from (7.67) and (7.width b2 are determined from (2.5) using (7.1.. 117 .70) The exit blade velocity U3 in (7.68) where (7.71) Finally.e. i. the ratios b2/D2 and W3/W2 are checked for agreement with recommended ranges in Table 7. (7.

68) is used to calculate b2. The energy transfer is obtained from (7. Assume zero exhaust swirl and zero incidence.7.53) we find that p2 = 28.23) we have T2 = 1487°R from which a2 = 1855 fps and M2 = 0.5° and calculate W2 using (7.40) for the required volute pressure. thus. and η ts = 0.28) and is E = (1600)2 = 2. Choose α 2 = 72. R = 1714 ft-lb/Sl-°R and cp = 6611 ft-lb/Sl°R. Ds = 2.1 and applying (7.77. Choose D3S = 0.052 lb/cu ft.904.1 Design a 90° IFR gas turbine which produces 700 hp while running at 41. and the corresponding density is 0. Take γ = 1.4 Examples Example Problem 7.1).52).75 inches.4 psia. Thus. Equation (7.560. thus.1. Using (7.75D2 = 6. 118 .7.94 inch. The tip diameter is rounded to 0. This is a little higher than the rule of Table 7.35.61). we have p o1 = 50. W 2=U2 cot α 2=505 fps Also V2 = U2 csc α 2 = 1678 fps From (7.66) and is The tip diameter is obtained from (2.75 ft or 9 inches. which is 0. Solving (7. the speed ratio is Choosing U2 = 1600 fps. we find From (7.2 psia.000 ft2/s 2 The mass flow rate is determined from (7. but appears to be necessary to reduce the exhaust velocity V3.000 rpm with a turbine inlet temperature To1 of 1700°R and an exhaust pressure p3 of 14. then co = 2500 fps.67. Choosing λN = 0.7 where Ns = 0. Solution: Select a point on Figure 7.3 psia.29).

The relative velocity ratio is which is also acceptable. This yields a diameter ratio of which is an acceptable value. Finally. according to Table 7. the number of vanes is calculated from (7.09 inches.5) tan 72.45 Choose nB = 12 vanes.1.24). calculated from (7.70) the relative flow angle at the exit is which is in the acceptable range.63): nB = 0.37.1047(110 – 72. is 5. and (7. From (7. (7.which is an acceptable value. Utilizing (7. Choose D3H = 2. which gives an acceptable hub-tip ratio of 0.5 inches.5 = 12. The rms mean diameter.67) gives V3 = 743 fps. 119 .31) the relative velocity at the exit is W3 = 1176 fps.51).71). From (7. The corresponding U3 is 911 fps.

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8.1 Introduction Besides the radial-flow gas turbine, which is discussed in Chapter 7, two additional types of gas turbines are commonly used, viz., the axialflow impulse turbine and the axial-flow reaction turbine. The axial-flow impulse turbine is discussed in Chapter 2 and in Chapter 9. As shown in Figure 2.5, the impulse turbine has a symmetrical blade profile; moreover, the velocity diagram shown in Figure 9.2 is drawn with W2 = W3, i.e., there is no change in the magnitude of the relative velocity of the gas in the impulse rotor. The reaction equation (2.23), when applied to the impulse rotor with inlet at station 2 and exit at station 3, shows that R = 0, i.e., the impulse turbine is a zero reaction turbomachine. Equation (9.18) shows further that h2 = h3, which, for a perfect gas, means that T2 = T3 and p2 = p3. In the stator or nozzle section, which is located upstream of the rotor, the gas expands and its velocity increases. Application of equations (2.9) and (2.10) to the impulse rotor yields (8.1) and (8.2) The latter equation is the same as (2.19) applied to an impulse rotor having stations numbered 2 and 3 at the inlet and exit, respectively. From the above description of an impulse stage, it is clear that the rotor reduces the gas kinetic energy, which is created in the stator. The Rateau, or pressure-compounded turbine, comprises multiple impulse stages of the type described above. The Curtis, or velocity-compounded turbine, utilizes multiple passes through rotor blades, which are in series downstream of a single stator; each pass of the gas through a blade row causes a further extraction of kinetic energy from the gas. The Curtis stage is commonly found in steam turbines and is discussed in Chapter 9. The reaction turbine, i.e., a turbine having a stage reaction > 0, is commonly found in multistage gas turbines used in stationary power plants, as well as in gas turbine engines used to drive ships, trains, and aircraft. A single stage of a reaction turbine comprises a row of stator

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Reaction blades of any length are commonly twisted as shown in Figure 8.2. Changes in blade profile, such as are shown in Figure 8.2, are made to create a free vortex distribution in the tangential component of the absolute velocity; thus, the product Vur is constant at station 2 and at station 3 from the hub to the blade tip. This means that UΔVu and hence E are constant aswell, so that each parcel of gas passing through the rotor loses the same energy per unit mass. The condition is a convenient one for preliminary design, since a single radial position, viz., the rms mean radius, can be used to determine the velocity

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4 can be used to represent the mean line diagrams of a typical reaction stage of gas turbine. The energy equation (7. this is the so-called mean line analysis.3) for the diagram of Figure 8.3 and 8. Although more reaction stages than impulse stages are required to produce the 124 .diagram. and α3 is reduced to zero. if β2 is drawn equal in magnitude to β3.6). and the degree of reaction equals one half. and the results can be applied to the entire gas flow passing through a given rotor. reduces to (8. V3 = W2 and V2 = W3. if the blade speeds are the same.4. The symmetrical velocity diagrams shown in Figures 8. Because of symmetry.4) This shows that an impulse stage produces twice the power of a reaction stage with R = 1/2. and the efficiency. A comparable impulse turbine velocity diagram could be formed from Figure 8. for this diagram Wu2 = U and Wu3 = -U and (8. which applies to axial as well as radial flow gas turbines.3. the energy transfer.

the objective of the chapter is to provide the reader with a basis for the prediction of stage efficiency and for the determination rotor and stator dimensions for a specified stage output. i.. impulse blades are mounted near the inlet where blade length and speed are minimal. In large multistage turbines impulse blading is often found on the same shaft with reaction blading. i. The exit velocity V2 is much larger than the inlet velocity V1.e. or bucket. i. It is shown in Chapter 9 that the blade speed at which reaction turbines achieve their maximum efficiencies is nearly twice that of impulse turbines. say. This large change of direction of the relative velocity has a tangential component ∆Wu which gives rise to the large tangential force on the turbine blade. while reaction blades are used for most of the later stages where blade size and speed grow with gas expansion and flow area enlargement. it can be more efficient over a wider range of relatively high blade speeds than the impulse turbine. Va2. This chapter emphasizes the performance and design of the axialflow reaction turbine stage.. 8.. and the reaction turbine is therefore heavier and more expensive. Specifically. A row of stationary blades receives the gas in a nearly axial path and deflects it to a small nozzle exit angle α of. 15°. turns the gas through a large angle. and the axial component Val at the inlet is less than that at the exit. The combination of the two types of blades in the same turbine maximizes power and efficiency.same power. The rotor blade.e. the optimum value of speed ratio U/co is around 1/2 for impulse turbines and close to unity for 50 percent reaction turbines. say 75°.e. 125 .2 Basic Theory A gas turbine stage is shown schematically in Figure 8. A near-isentropic expansion of the gas occurs in the nozzle formed between the blades.5.

6) and is comparable to (7. It represents the ratio of actual work..5) which is the total-to-total efficiency and is comparable to (7. 02.7) The mean blade speed U. which is equal to ∆Vu. and the mean radius is calculated from (8.38).8) 126 . which is determined from the mean radius. and V1. The tip radius is chosen. are found by constructing isentropic processes between the actual states and the corresponding total pressure lines (isobars).e. (8. The corresponding total property states. The states 2'. The actual end states are 1 and 2 in the stator process and 2 and 3 in the rotor process. or energy transfer. The total-to-static efficiency is also used and is defined by (8. is used to find ∆Wu. This is carried out through the use of known upstream conditions. and 3' are those corresponding to an ideal (isentropic) expansion from the inlet to the exit pressure for the stage. p1. 01. The stage efficiency ηs can now be defined as (8. and ṁ. The hub radius is calculated from the selected hub-tip ratio. to the isentropic work. Iteration on the hub-tip ratio follows until the mass flow requirement is satisfied. T1. In order to solve for stage efficiency. 03'. using the Euler equation. it is necessary to establish the velocity diagram.The key thermodynamic states within a single stage are indicated in Figure 8. and 03. attainable when the expansion is between the actual stage inlet and outlet total pressures.41). so that the tip speed constraint is satisfied. the specified N. i. P. and the maximum blade tip speed Nrt.6.

8). (8. which is usually set close to zero.e. The velocity diagram at the mean radius can be used together with empirical loss coefficients to determine the stage efficiency. secondary-flow. It is known as the Ainley-Mathieson method. and Yt is the tip-clearance loss coefficient.9) and (8.10) where Ym is the profile loss coefficient. and tip-clearance coefficients. The rotor loss coefficient YR and the stator loss coefficient Ys are found by adding profile. i. The method for obtaining valid loss coefficients is described in Ainley and Mathieson (1955).Fixing α3. fixes β3. 127 . and β2 can be determined to satisfy (8. The above work provides the essential elements for the construction of a velocity diagram like that of Figure 8. Kacker and Okapuu (1982) and Cohen et al.. Horlock (1973).3. Ys is the secondary-flow loss coefficient. (1987).

If the geometric form of the blade profile is unknown. which is a reasonable value and one which simplifies (8. t/c may be taken as 0.8 with the absolute gas angle α2 determined from the velocity diagram and with a chosen pitch-chord ratio s/c.7 and 8.11). YmI is the value of Ym from Figure 8. The rotor profile loss coefficient YmR is calculated from (8.12) in which (8.2.8.14) for which 128 . The stator profile loss coefficient Yms is read directly from Figure 8.8. and the results are summarized in Figures 8.The profile loss coefficients are obtained from cascade wind tunnel tests in which total pressure losses are measured.13) and (8.11) where Ymo is the value of Ym obtained from Figure 8.7 and t/c is the thickness-to-chord ratio. The stator secondary-flow loss coefficient YSS is calculated from (8.

9) is found from (8. The rotor secondary-flow loss coefficient is determined from (8. The flow angle α2. opposite in sense to the blade velocity.17) (8. and the numerators of (8.. and RA is the area ratio (8.14) and (8. (8.(8. since the latter angle has a sense opposite to that of the blade velocity thus. i. the flow angle αl will be zero or slightly negative.19) Because β3 is typically negative.16) Typically. however.21) and (8.18) will usually represent a sum. Similarly. β2 is taken as positive and β3 as negative.21) and (8.15) together with the following equations: (8.18) and (8.20) In the above calculations it is necessary to calculate αm and βm. the parenthetical part of (8.15) where k is the hub-tip ratio.3. If the velocity diagram is as shown in Figure 8. The tip-clearance loss coefficient needed in (8.22) represent differences. the mean absolute gas angle for the stator is given by 129 .e. which is typical for reaction turbines.22) Since β3 is negative. will always be positive. both Wu3 and tan β3 are negative.

as well as in the calculation of stage efficiency ηs. The total pressure Po2 is then calculated from the ratio determined from (8.24) for the stator.28) The stagnation temperature is constant in the nozzle. the relative total pressures Po2R and Po3R are used.29) 130 . We first modify (8. and all inlet conditions are known at the outset.25) for the rotor.26) and (8. (8.27) where T2 is obtained from the energy equation (8.9) and (8. The pressure P3 is found in a similar manner using (8. and as (8.24) to read (8. These are useful in determining pressures P2 and P3.27). They are calculated from (8.27) are solved for the ratio Pol/P2. so that To2 = To1 . and P2 is found from the known value of Po1.23) The loss coefficients defined by (8.26) The ratio Po2/P2 is easily determined from the basic isentropic relation (8. Since the rotor is moving.10) are related to the total pressures through (8.(8.25). Using the experimental value of YS.

is related to the turbine work through 131 . 8.. we write (8.25) to calculate Po2R/P3.6. (8. Metallurgical considerations govern the choice of the turbine inlet temperature Tin.32) We must use the empirical value of YR in (8.and (8.3 Design As indicated earlier in Chapter 7. Therefore.5) and (8. a thermodynamic analysis allows the choice of a suitable cycle pressure ratio Rp (see Figure 7. Referring to Figure 8. or energy transfer E. we must calculate a value of To3’.6). we can calculate P3 directly.31) using To3 determined from the energy transfer.30) where T3 is found from the energy relation (8. Using an assumed turbine efficiency ηt the turbine work Wt for the cycle is computed using the relation (8.e. and thus that V3’2/T3’ is equal to V32/T3. Thus the stage efficiency is easily determined from the empirical loss coefficients YS and YR.2). to obtain the stage efficiency ηs using (8.34) is used to determine T3’. i.29). it is evident that P03/P3 is equal to Po3'/P3'.35) The stage work. Since Po2R is known from (8. Finally.33) where (8.

The final design may utilize velocity diagrams different from this. The ideal degree of reaction is used and is defined by (8. α is the nozzle angle. thus. 132 . An alternative method for construction of an optimal velocity diagram is recommended by Vavra (1960).4) and have the same nozzle angle α and axial velocity Va. The stage formula (8. Va and η t s presented in Table 8. P. The pressures P2 and P3 and temperatures T2 and T3 are calculated as previously discussed. Information from the diagram can be used to determine nst from a formula derived by Vincent (1950).1 are those corresponding to the highest stage efficiency for the conditions imposed. (8. From these values density. typically having a value between 0.38) was derived by assuming that all stage velocity diagrams are symmetrical (Figure 8. and N.95. and kB is a blade friction coefficient.5. 2. and blade height are calculated at sections 1.38) where Va is the assumed axial velocity.1 presents selected results from Vavra's work to obtain the optimum velocity diagram for a chosen degree of reaction. and 3. The mass flow rate m is related to the stage power through (8.(8. flow area. but this assumption is useful in the early stages of the design process.9 and 0. η ts is the maximum possible. Table 8. The velocity diagram is constructed for each of the nst stages in the manner previously discussed in connection with Figure 8..37) We have already seen how the designer can construct a stage velocity diagram from a knowledge of ṁ.39) The values of U/co. for the mean diameter. viz.36) where nst is the number of stages. for the selected Ri and α2.

41) 133 . i. one in which the blade speed is chosen and co and the related pressures and temperature are determined from the optimum speed ratio. which provides a basis for the calculation of spouting velocity. or the reverse process may be used.e. The mean blade velocity is calculated from the optimum speed ratio U/co.40) ∆Vu can be calculated from (8. Since the stage efficiency can be written as (8. po1 and p3. and Vu3 is found from ∆Vu using (8.40). For example. Jennings and Rogers (1953) recommend maxi-mum blade tip speeds of 1200 fps.The spouting velocity co is determined from the assumed inlet temperature Tol and inlet and exhaust pressures.

7 at the mean diameter. respectively. should be subsonic and as low as possible.7 to 0. The nozzle exit Mach number M2.2.6 and 0.5 and 5 (Table 8.0.44) should have a value between 0 and 0.5 and keeping the hub-tip ratio k between 0.9. Wilson (1987) recommends using R = 0.87. based on V2 should be subsonic or slightly supersonic. defined as (8. For the best efficiency. Several parameters of the design can be checked to be sure they are in acceptable ranges. The corresponding relative Mach number MR2. should be less than the critical Mach number. the fundamental elements of the velocity diagram are determinable by the Vavra method.3. The flow coefficient φ. The method can be used to obtain a reliable preliminary design of a gas turbine stage in a short time. defined as (8. to satisfy the above conditions. This is frequently done. based on W2. Adjustments to the velocity diagram can be made.43) would be in the range 0. The Mach numbers M1 and M3. which would normally lie in the range 0.42) should lie between 1. Recommended values of flow angle α2 are presented in Table 8.2). The blade loading coefficient ψB defined as (8.Thus. since 134 . The free-vortex condition can be utilized to obtain velocity diagrams at the root and tip of the blade.2 to 1. The degree of reaction R. but not greater than 1. based on V1 and V3. if necessary.

then the basic equations must be utilized to determine the variation of Va. and the energy transfer and mass flow rate can be determined. i. mean. as has been pointed out previously.47) and deviation by (8.e. defined by (8. Twisting of blades.46) For the moving blades we define incidence by (8. defined by (8. to find Va at the root and tip of the blade. Then the velocity triangles at root. is often avoided to reduce manufacturing expense. These differences in angles may be expressed as incidence i.48) 135 .9. The stator gas angles αl and α2 differ from the stator blade angles αB1 and αB2. If a condition other than the free-vortex condition is assumed.45) and by deviation δB.it yields a constant value of energy transfer and of axial velocity. and tip locations can be constructed.. as shown in Figure 8. The blade angles and dimensions to produce the velocity triangles must be sought. which is required to achieve the free-vortex condition.

A design incidence near the middle of the low-value range should result in good off-design performance.17 at γs = 60°. while curve B depicts reaction- blading results. Deviation can be calculated from an empirical relation given by Horlock (1973): (8. such as that of Nicoud et al.45) and (8. For the circular-arc camber line. Ainley and Mathieson (1955) found the minimum loss between 5 and 7 degrees of positive incidence. For the parabolic-arc camber line.9). 136 .12 at 0° stagger angle and is 0.49) where the camber θ is estimated by (8. m is 0. is usually plotted as a function of incidence.50) for the stator.The profile loss coefficient Ym. Curve A represents data from impulse blading. knowing i and δB we are able to determine the blade angles for stator and rotor. (1991). and by (8. as illustrated in Figure 8.51) for the rotor.21 at γs = 0° to 0. The incidence corresponding to the lowest value of Ym would generally be chosen for the design condition. The selection of a design incidence allows us to calculate the blade inlet angle from (8.10.06 at 60° stagger angle. The constant m depends on stagger angle γs (Figure 8. m varies from 0. For curve A. Thus. Although current research.47) using gas angles from the velocity diagrams. Ainley and Mathieson (1955) found that minimum loss occurs for incidences between negative 15° and positive 15°. In the case of curve B. obtained from a cascade test.

E = 1000[1385. (1987).6 – (–141)] = 1. V3 = 812 fps. (8.96°. Solution: Solve for flow angles and velocities from the given velocity diagram using trigonometric relations. and the stator area ratio A2/Al = 1.2. find YR and Ys. The aerodynamic design is thus complete.02. α2 = 60°. i.4 Examples Example Problem 8. Assuming that the hub-tip ratio k = 0. Cohen et al.promises computational design of the blade profile to suit prescribed velocity distributions.8. β2 = 25.526. For the stator: Enter Figure 8. and Va2 = Va3.27°. Vu3 = -141 fps.76°. β3 = 10°.600 ft2/s2 Solve (8. and this maximum thickness is located at the 40 percent chord position. (αl = 0°). However.3. and Mattingly et al.. (1987). αm = 40.8 to find profile loss coefficient. and disk stresses must also be carried out to ensure safe operation with available materials. Generally.8. The optimum spacing between blades at the mean diameter may be determined from the relations given by Shepherd (1956). calculation of centrifugal. and φ = 0.52) for the stator. thickness ratio t/c = 0. bending. tip clearance cT/h = 0.2.e. Vu2 = 1386 fps.89°. The resulting values are the following: Va = 800 fps. β3 = -54. and from (8. A typical (maximum) thickness-tochord ratio is 0.8.1 A velocity diagram is established with U = 1000 fps.6).53) for the rotor. The inlet total temperature is 1000°R. 137 . From the Euler equation (7. blades are often laid out in the form of an airfoil along a circular arc or parabolic camber line using a chord c of from 80 to 90 percent of the blade length. Stress calculations are treated by Jennings and Rogers (1953). 8. V2 = 1600 fps.0 and 1.52) for solidity. the value of c/s will lie between 1. βm = -25.

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145 .1. the large units typically use much higher pressures in the first stages and lower pressures in their later stages than do the large gas turbines. This cycle is pictured on the temperature-entropy diagram of Figure 9. The basic features of the axial-flow turbine are the same for both steam and gas turbines. that with an entropy increase. as are gas turbines. Steam-turbine calculations are different than gas-turbine calculations in that tables of steam properties are substituted for simple gas relations.9 Steam Turbines 9. They are used extensively in power plants to drive electric generators.. and thus a further complication is added.e. A pump and boiler then act upon the water to raise its pressure in process 3—4 and heat it in process 4—1.1 Introduction Steam turbines. but are usually much larger than gas turbines. The line drawn from point 1 to point 2 represents the ideal expansion of steam in a turbine from a superheated state to a wet state. The boiler. making the flow a two-phase flow. The simplest ideal cycle in which the steam turbine performs a function is the Rankine cycle. like gas turbines. is shown as a dashed line 1-2'. i. or steam generator. the steam can contain droplets of liquid water. are predominantly axial-flow units. however. The actual process. delivers the superheated steam to the first stage of the turbine in state 1. The wet steam is exhausted from the turbine into a condenser where it is condensed to a saturated liquid at point 3. In addition.

2 Impulse Turbines If the turbine stage is to be an impulse stage. by the heat supplied in the boiler.. the turbine designer must divide the expansion process into smaller stage pressure or enthalpy drops andthen proceed to design individual stages. and the impulse stage is used in small turbines. and the inlet and exhaust conditions are thus established. Note that the relative velocity W2 is equal in magnitude to W3. respectively.19): (9. but 146 . the turbine work minus the pump work. since the former does find application in the early stages of large reaction turbines.1) where the subscripts 2 and 3 refer to rotor inlet and exit. Both impulse and reaction axialflow stages will be considered. the velocity diagram is that shown in Figure 9. the individual stage design will be emphasized in the present chapter. After the decisions regarding the cycle thermodynamics are made. 9. the entire pressure drop must occur in the nozzles. Typically. Although the cycles used in modem power plants involve reheating the steam at one or more points during the expansion and other complexities. The resulting energy transfer may be evaluated using (2. the turbine designer can enhance overall cycle efficiency by simply increasing the turbine work realized during the expansion 1-2'. The latter is analyzed by Shepherd (1956). which utilizes a radial flow of steam.e. As in previous chapters. The purpose of the moving blade is to reduce the kinetic energy of the steam and transfer this energy to work done on the moving blades. i. will not be treated here. Thus in the ideal impulse turbine the relative velocity changes direction from β2 to β3. The Ljungstrom turbine.The thermal efficiency of the power-plant cycle is calculated by dividing the net work.2.

5) Applying the latter form and expressing components in terms of the steam angles β2 and β3 relative to the moving blades. blade height H over axial chord ca. 2.3) where the thermodynamic states 1. respectively.1 were calculated from empirical data presented by Horlock (1973). 2'. and 3 are indicated in Figure 9..3.16) applied to the steam turbine becomes either (9.3) we have (9. although the small effect of the Reynolds number is neglected. The values in Table 9.4) or (9.6) Using (9.1. The Euler turbine equation (2. Since the boundary layers which form on the blade surfaces actually slow the steam in the passage between the blades. i. velocity coefficients KS and KR are usually defined for the stator and rotor. we have (9.e.the magnitude holds constant.7) 147 . the absolute velocity leaving the rotor is much reduced from the velocity V2 exiting from the nozzles. However. These coefficients can be estimated from values given in Table 9.2) and (9. by the following relations: (9. The quantity ∆β denotes the deflection of fluid by the stator or rotor blades. and H/ca denotes the blade aspect ratio.

4.2. Torque. This is easily shown by noting that torque is power over rotational speed. as shown in Figure 9.11) By differentiation with respect to U/V2 we are able to find the optimum ratio U/V2 for maximum blade efficiency: (9. that (9. derived from Figure 9.13) and (9. It varies.12) Since the nozzle angle a usually falls between 15° and 25°.483 and 0.7) becomes (9. Thus (9.9) If we then define a blade efficiency ηB by (9. but it is usually quite high. and β3. we expect the optimum ratio of blade speed to nozzle exit speed to lie between 0. denoted by T in Figure 9. Torque as a function of blade speed is also shown in Figure 9. β2. from zero at zero blade speed to zero at U = V2. we find that (9. however. The actual value of ηBmax depends on the values of KB. varies in a straight line from its maximum at zero blade speed to zero at U = V2.4.453.Using the relation.8) (9.4.10) which is a reasonable measure of the effectiveness of impulse-turbine blading.14) 148 .

This gives (9.12) into (9.9) and (9.13) yields (9. and a fixed row of blades is interposed between the 149 . An additional row of moving blades is added to the same turbine wheel.Substitution of (9. stage is sometimes used when the blade speed is lower than optimum.15) in which T is a linear function of N. and it is desirable to extract more kinetic energy from the steam than is possible with a single row of moving blades. The design torque TD is the torque at maximum efficiency and is obtained by substitution of (9. or Curtis.15).14) into (9.16) A velocity-compounded.

17) for the stage depicted in Figure 9.5 with KR = KS = 1..5. similar to that carried out above. Figure 9. the moving blades as well as in the nozzles. An analysis of blade efficiency. which ideally is axial.3 Reaction Turbines For a large steam turbine. use a row of nozzles after each row of moving impulse blades. and from it we should also observe that the 150 . Referring to the velocity diagram in Figure 9. This follows from the steady-flow energy equation (2.2 again.9) and the Euler turbine equation (2. and a broader range of blade speeds corresponding to high efficiency. Thus the steam leaves the fixed row having a velocity V4 only lightly less than V3 and then passes over the second row of moving blades. Additional moving rows may also be added if required to reduce the absolute exit velocity to its minimum (axial) value.17) indicates one-half the blade speed needed for maximum efficiency with only one row of moving blades and thus illustrates that velocity compounding implies lower blade speeds for the same nozzle exit velocity. however.6 Velocity diagram for a reaction turbine. a higher maximum stage efficiency than for the impulse stage.18) Thus a pressure drop in the moving blades is accompanied by a loss of enthalpy and a gain in relative kinetic W32/2. 9. as is shown in Figure 9.moving rows. i. Eliminating the energy transfer results in the form (9. we see that a reaction turbine diagram would be similar. leaving with velocity V5. is to allow the expansion to proceed in Figure 9. A more effective procedure. the designer could choose to use pressurecompounding. shows that (9. but would have W3 considerably longer than W2. Thus (9.6 illustrates this increase of relative velocity.18).e. This results in a higher optimum blade speed.

The axial and tangential components of V2 are easily calculated and used to find W2.7 Thermodynamic processes in reaction turbines. a velocity diagram. but using relative velocities in place of absolute velocities.21) Thus. we can easily determine V2’ and W3’. Assuming that a prior knowledge of ∆β is required to select KS. and P3. is easily constructed for a given nozzle angle α and blade speed U.blade would not have the symmetry that would be expected in an impulse blade. is the ideal velocity resulting from an isentropic expansion. we thus know β3 and we can determine 151 . The same method applied to the rotor. and then (9. such as that shown in Figure 9.19) where the states 2 and 2' are those depicted in Figure 9. we have (9. and we can then use (9.21) to estimate the actual enthalpies h2 and h3.7. Figure 9. P2.6. The velocities V2 and W3 are also easily obtained from the velocity coefficient. With the velocities V2 and W3 known. Using (9.20) Since V2.20) and (9. knowing pressures P1. leads to (9. it is easily found.1 can still be used in the analysis of this type of turbine if we approximate the enthalpy rise associated with blade friction in the same manner used previously in the nozzles of the impulse turbine. the actual enthalpy leaving the nozzle.2) to substitute for V2. The velocity coefficients from Table 9.20) can be used to find h2. Thus for the stator of the reaction turbine we can write (9.

steam tables or Mollier charts must be applied in lieu of perfect-gas relations for the determination of properties. for convenience. implying better off-design performance as well. The Euler turbine equation becomes (9. assume it here.4 Design The design of steam turbines will proceed along the same lines previously outlined in Chapter 8 for gas turbines. Of course.7<U/V2<1.Wu3 from W3. we assume that V2 = W3 and V3 = W2. we will.3.5). 9.23) efficiency is a maximum when E is a maximum. i.22) becomes (9. As mentioned previously the resulting stage efficiency is higher and the curve flatter than for the impulse turbine.. For this case. (9.e.22) Since the stage efficiency can be defined as in (8.24) Differentiation with respect to U/V2 shows that maximum efficiency corresponds to (9. Energy transfer can be found with the help of Figure 9. The range of speed ratios for high efficiency is roughly 0. and finally Vu3 and V3.25) which is twice the optimum blade speed found for the impulse turbine. Since the symmetrical velocity diagram is commonly used.6. Thus all the velocities and angles may be determined using the velocity coefficient KS to determine the enthalpy rise due to friction. 152 . but otherwise the same methods apply. the reader is referred to a book by Church (1950). and since (9. For a detailed account of steam-turbine construction and design.

known as a penstock. Although these waterwheels were designed and built as late as the nineteenth century. The designer is generally presented with an available flow rate Q. is the vertical distance between the free surfaces of the water in the reservoir and the tail race. known as a draft tube. known as a tail race. since it will usually be required to drive a generator at a prescribed rate. The water flows into the hydraulic turbine through a large pipe. which ranges from several feet to several thousand feet in existing plants. The turbine speed N will also be given.2 that the ranges of specific speeds corresponding to peak 153 . The available head. It leaves the turbine through a diverging duct. and waterfalls have had their energy extracted by vanes or buckets fixed to the circumference of rotating wheels.1. streams. since we can observe in Table 3. The level of the reservoir next to the hydraulic power station is maintained at a nearly constant elevation by controlling inflow from other reservoirs further upstream. The choice of the type of turbine will then follow naturally after a calculation of specific speed. based on runoff records. they eventually gave way to more powerful machines requiring reservoirs. and enters a downstream reservoir. and some of them were fairly efficient. and an available head H.10 Hydraulic Turbines 10. which is usually water collected from a flowing river. Modem installations utilize a reservoir of water.1 Introduction The oldest form of power-producing turbine is that utilizing the motive power of water. Flowing rivers. A schematic diagram is shown in Figure 10.

5) The hydraulic efficiency is the ratio of energy transfer to available energy gH. The latter is almost entirely converted to jet kinetic energy.0. For this turbine the penstock ends in a nozzle which creates a high-speed water jet. turbine is most efficient for NS < 0.2 Pelton Wheel The Pelton-type turbine is illustrated in Figure 1. drives the wheel around against the resistance of a load. the Francis. and the Kaplan. gHC = V12/2. The force on the vanes.3 and 2. The latter impinges on vanes in the form of hemispheres or half-ellipsoids.3.1) Thus the energy transfer can be expressed as (10. Francis. Thus the Pelton.2. or radial-flow.0. Leaving the vane at some small angle β2.4) becomes (10. turbine is best for NS between 0. then (10.efficiency are quite different for Pelton. the tangential component of the absolute velocity is given by (10. or axial-flow. or tangential-flow. and Kaplan Turbines.3) we have (10. so that 154 .. the absolute velocity V1 of the jet is the arithmetic sum of its relative velocity W 1 and the vane speed U.2) Since ideally (10.3. As indicated in Figure 10. i. created by deflection of the water through just less than 180°.4) If a velocity coefficient K is defined to account for the retardation of W2.e. 10. turbine is best for NS > 2.

the vanes are 155 .g. Thus we can write (10. (10. It should be noted that the flow rate also depends on the head.9) in which the product of three efficiencies is usually denoted by η.3 Francis Turbine The Francis turbine is a radial-flow reaction machine. in which case the flows would be additive.4. (10. The water leaves the guide vanes at angle αl and speed V1. in terms of volume flow rate and head. Flow from the penstock enters a spiral casing. e. 3 to 5 percent. The ratio of wheel diameter D to jet diameter d varies from 6 to 25. as depicted in Figure 10. the number of buckets varying from 20 to 30 per wheel. Differentiation with respect to U/V 1 leads to the result that maximum hydraulic efficiency corresponds to (10. 10. which distributes water to the adjustable guide vanes located around the turbine wheel.7) The shaft power P of the Pelton turbine may be estimated from the foregoing relations if leakage and mechanical losses are also considered.3.(10. several jets may be used around the periphery of the wheel. i. and penstock.e..10) where C is a coefficient which accounts for head loss due to friction in the nozzle. Such a turbine is shown schematically in Figure 1. The buckets are positioned close together to avoid spillage.. and are accounted for in the volumetric and mechanical efficiencies ηv and ηm. the overall efficiency.6) where C is a head loss coefficient. Of course. Such designs result in overall efficiencies of 80 to 90 percent. Ideally. The latter losses are usually small. much like a centrifugal pump with the flow direction reversed. and d is the jet diameter.8) or. control valve. as with pumps.

The desired flow rate is assured by determining the appropriate axial width b1 of the runner from (10.6 to 0. A Cordier diagram.e. i.11) The shaft power P will again be calculated from (10.7. the coefficient C is in the range 0. The lower edge of the high-NS 156 . which result in a smaller axial width b1 and angle α1. as well as a smaller exit diameter at the base of the rotor. This is obtained from the specific diameter after the Cordier diagram is entered for a known specific speed. in contrast to the large radial component present at the vane exit of a lowspecific-speed runner.. Water leaves the high-specific-speed vane with a large axial component.13). such as that appearing in Figure 3. The inlet vane angle β1 is also increased and can be as much as 135°. Low specific speeds imply low flow rates.3. it is axial. can be used to determine a suitable wheel diameter D.4 illustrates differences in vane design arising from differences of the specific speeds of Francis runners (rotors).12) and flow rate calculated from (10. Thus energy transfer is calculated from (10.designed so that the exit velocity V2 has no whirl component.13) where b denotes axial width at the inlet and C denotes a velocity coefficient which depends on frictional resistance along the entire flow path from reservoir to tail race. Figure 10. Typically.9) with hydraulic efficiency defined by (10.

4 Francis turbine runner designs: (a) low specific speed. improving overall efficiency. Figure 10. 157 . as shown in Figure 10. the connection between the turbine casing and the tail race.4. or larger than.4. to accommodate the higher flow rate associated with larger values of Ns.vane must be twisted to provide axial discharge velocities at varying blade speed. The draft tube accomplishes a diffusion as well. As indicated in Figure 1. and the exit velocity from the system is thus reduced. the mean inlet diameter. is installed to conserve the available head between these two levels. called a draft tube. The rotor exit diameter is as large as. (b) high specific speed.

and it is deflected through a small angle by the blade. we have (10. Thus we may write (10. by using a safe value of the net positive suction head. Power to the turbine shaft is calculated from (10.17) where all terms in (10. the occurrence of cavitation is avoided in pumps.e.35 to 0. so that. a tip diameter Dt. the vanes of the propeller-type runner correspond to the lower part of the high-NS Francis turbine vanes. which accounts for head loss due to friction. as with the Francis turbine. otherwise it is called a propeller type. except that the fluid is treated as incompressible. 10.9).10.16) According to Kadambi and Prasad (1977). As is seen in this schematic representation. NPSH.. It is used primarily for low-head applications.15) The flow rate can be expressed in terms of a hub diameter Dh. and vapor pressures. and the subscripts refer to atmospheric. Also. Ht is the total (static plus dynamic) head. i. adjustable guide vanes are located around the inside of a volute casing.75. the turbine is a Kaplan type. Uniform axial velocity and the free-vortex variation of whirl velocity can be applied in the analysis of these blades as well.4 Kaplan Turbine The axial-flow hydraulic turbine is the third type of important hydraulic turbine. This is defined by (10. for H < 150 ft. and a coefficient Ck. referred to the centerline of the turbine 158 . the coefficient Ck can vary from 0. The same principles previously applied to axial-flow steam and gas turbines apply to this machine.5) ideally. Whirl is imparted to the water in the inlet guide vanes. and also in hydraulic turbines.17) are expressed in feet of liquid flowing. as with the Francis turbine. where axial flow predominates. Such a turbine is shown in Figure 1. total.14) (10. as before.8. The exit velocity has no whirl component (see Figure 10. If the airfoilshaped vanes are adjustable.5 Cavitation As previously discussed in Chapter 4.

159 . hp.20) in order to assure avoidance of cavitation.19) in which specific speed is calculated using rpm. have been correlated with specific speed NS defined as NP1/2/ /H5/4.19) and (10. respectively. Thus NPSH is a measure of the difference between the absolute static pressure at the turbine blade and the vapor pressure of the water in the turbine. If the turbine has a draft tube.18) Critical values of σ. the lowest static pressure in the turbine can be equal to the vapor pressure of the water. and H. An important ratio. the critical value of σ for Kaplan turbines is given as (10. Similarly. is defined by (10. it is negative. P.20) Values of σ calculated from flow conditions should always exceed values of σ calculated from (10. For the Francis turbine Shepherd (1956) gives the critical Thoma parameter correlation as (10. If the NPSH falls below a certain critical value. corresponding to incipient cavitation. and ft units for N.or pump. and cavitation can likewise occur. known as Thoma's cavitation parameter σ.

11 Wind Turbines 11. It requires no nozzles to accelerate fluid. scientifically designed machines. and even generating electricity. but a renewed interest in the ancient device had been observed in recent years.1 Introduction The natural motion of atmospheric air provides us with an excellent source of available energy for conversion to useful work. The variability of the winds and the availability of cheap electrical energy has delayed the development of efficient. grinding grain. Wind turbines have been utilized by humans for hundreds of years for pumping water. The moving rotor of a wind turbine arranged with a horizontal or vertical axis provides the means of energy conversion. since the fluid is already 160 . the absence of a casing results in the rotor's effect extending to distant points in the fluid. Csanady (1964) classifies the wind turbine as an extended turbomachine.

moving. Although it lacks these conventional components, it can be analyzed as a turbomachine by applying momentum and energy principles to fluid passing through the rotor. If fluid passes through the rotor in a direction parallel to the axis of the rotor, it can be called a horizontal-axis wind turbine. If the direction is normal to the axis, it is a vertical-axis machine. The horizontal-axis turbine may be compared with the axial-flow, or propeller, type of hydraulic turbine, but the vertical-axis type differs from the radial-flow turbine in that the flow is across the rotor rather than radially inward. Figures 11.1 and 11.2 show typical arrangements for these two types of wind turbines. In what follows an attempt will be made to discuss briefly the aerodynamic design of the basic horizontal and vertical types of wind turbines. There are many considerations which are not discussed in this text, such as speed control, energy storage, and structural design. Generally, the wind machine must be designed to operate continuously at constant speed with various wind and weather conditions and to drive a generator or pump to supply immediate and future energy needs. Schemes for meeting these and other design requirements are discussed in books by De Renzo (1979), Bossel (1977), Calvert (1979), and Cheremisinoff (1978). Larger wind energy machines are discussed by Logan and Ditsworth (1986). 11.2 Actuator Theory If one imagines the turbine rotor to be replaced by a disk of area A which can extract energy from the stream, as shown in Figure 11.3, then a useful analytical result follows through application of the basic equations. The theory has been developed by Glauert (1959) for propellers and by Betz(1966) for windmills. As indicated in Figure 11.3, the actuator causes a divergence of streamlines and a deceleration of the fluid from an upstream speed V to a downstream speed V – vl. At the plane of the actuator, the speed is V – v. The mass flow rate is the product of density ρ, velocity at the actuator V – v, and cross-sectional area A of the stream tube. Because ambient pressure prevails far from the actuator, and the axial momentum difference is simply vl, we can express the drag by (11.1) Since the total pressure upstream p0 is given by

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(11.2) and that downstream by (11.3) we can see that the drop in total pressure across the actuator is simply

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(11.4) Since the static pressure drop at the actuator is equal to the total pressure drop, we have (11.5) Thus the pressure difference on the two sides of the actuator is given by (11.6) The drag force on the actuator can then be expressed as (11.7) or (11.8) Equating (1 1 . 1) and ( 11.8) yields (11.9) Substituting (11.9) into (11.8) results in (11.10) If the efficiency η of the wind turbine is defined by (11.11) where T is the torque and Ω is rotational speed, then the efficiency compares the actual shaft power produced to the "thrust power" available from the stream. The actual retardation of the stream is less than DV, and it is derived as the rate of decrease of kinetic energy:

(11.12) In simplest form (11.12) reduces to D(V – v), which is somewhat less than DV. Since this energy ideally is transferred to the rotor, we have (11.13) The efficiency expression can then be rendered as (11.14) To determine the efficiency corresponding to maximum power,

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It must be extended to include the tangential component of velocity associated with energy transfer. The torque-speed product is replaced by power P.16) yields (11. This is accomplished in the next section.15) and (11.16) gives the maximum wind turbine power as (11. which is the product of rotational speed Ω and radial position r.19) is a well-known result and is frequently used to estimate the upper limit of power attainable from a wind turbine of area A in a wind of speed V and density ρ.16) Differentiation of (11. The coefficient a' is used by Wilson and Lissaman (1974).14) is used to eliminate v in (11. This may be expressed as (11. or (11. The change ∆Vu. who also define the coefficient a by the expression for wind speed u at the 164 . namely.20) where the coefficient a' accounts for the difference between the speeds of blade and fluid. where the theory is related to the aerodynamic design of a rotor. 11.10).19) Equation (11.11) becomes (11. thus (11.(11. a change in whirl velocity ∆VU must be indicated by the theory. is expected to be proportional to the blade speed U.3 Horizontal-Axis Machines Since the rotor imparts angular momentum to the air as it passes between the blades.18) Putting (11.17) Setting the derivative equal to zero gives one the optimum value of η.18) into (11. Actuator theory provides a useful model for the design of horizontal-axis machines.

The solution of Glauert for the optimum actuator disk given by Wilson and Lissaman (1974) is useful in obtaining approximate values of the parameter a at each radial position along the rotor blade. since a is identical with v/V in (11. based on (11. The Glauert theory also relates the parameter a'.23) Calculation of a' completes the required operations to ensure the construction of a velocity diagram such as that shown in Figure 11.22) from which the dimensionless group rΩ/V can be determined for any value of the parameter a. It is clear from Figure 11. Figure 11. blade rotational speed Ω. is such a plot. to the parameter a by the relation (11. to get the largest possible force from the wind. The theoretical value is helpful in that a = 1/3 can be chosen as a first approximation in design calculations.20). we see that the velocity triangle is easily constructed from a knowledge of radial position r. Wilson and Lissaman (1974) show that the turbine delivers power for 0 < a < 0. we must consult a reference such as Abbott and von Doenhoff (1959) for the determination of a suitable angle of attack α.4. To determine the blade pitch angle θ at any radial position r. The axial component of the absolute velocity at the rotor is then approximately two-thirds of the wind speed. but near it. Normally.21) The actuator theory has shown that a = 1/3 for maximum power.4 at any radial position r along the blade length. wind speed V. defined in (11. Glauert's solution is (11. Referring to Figure 11.5 that a ≈ 1/3 over most of a practical blade. we first calculate the angle ɸ from the relation (11. and the coefficient a. Selection of this value of α 165 .5.18). the designer would be given values for wind speed V and rotor speed Ω.5. The angle of attack for design purposes will be less than this value. Airfoil lift curves (a plot of cL versus α) indicate the stalling value of α. The relation can be employed to make tables or graphs for practical use.actuator as (11.24) Next.22).

Calculation of the blade pitch angle can be made easily as well.for design also provides us with lift and drag coefficients at that section. Bossel (1977) shows data which indicate that the power coefficient. An attempt to make 166 .25) depends upon blade number and the tip-speed ratio. defined by (11.

on the other hand. economy.6. Using (11. having a cp slightly less than 0. and efficiency would indicate a choice of the higher tip speeds with correspondingly fewer blades. The 24-blade American windmill. and the results are shown in Figure 11. high-speed wind turbine. The need for simplicity.15.a rough correlation of the tip-speed ratio corresponding to maximum cp as a function of blade number has been made. A preliminary design of a rotor blade could be effected using the following approximation for the blade chord c (11.6.5.27) 167 . The number of blades nb would have been previously determined using the guidance of correlations such as those presented in Figure 11. Lift and drag coefficients are utilized to compute torque for the design obtained. The tangential component of the blade force per unit length is given by (11.26). a value of the chord of the airfoil section for the turbine blade can be determined at each radial position in terms of the airfoil lift coefficient and the velocity diagram angle ɸ applicable at that position r. requires a tip-speed ratio of less than unity.26) which follows from the Glauert theory presented by Wilson and Lissaman (1974). having a solidity of very nearly unity and a cp of about 0. has a tip-speed ratio of 6 or more. A two-bladed.

7. and this motion results in a continually changing angle of attack α. α.30) and (11. cL. A lift vector is sketched on each diagram perpendicular to the relative velocity vector. Thus (11. cL. It is necessary that the force on the blade have a component in the direction of its motion to sustain the rotation of the rotor. α. An iterative procedure can be carried out using the initially chosen values of a and a' to start the calculation of ɸ. Wilson and Lissaman (1974) show that the torque per blade can be estimated by the 168 . Thus a favorable torque is produced regardless of blade position. After convergence is obtained the set of values may be used to calculate blade force and torque. and cD must be refined before the final calculation of blade force are made.28) which can be evaluated numerically. a'. The airfoil-shaped blades follow a circular path.7. as indicated in Figure 11. cD. the vertical-axis turbine of the type shown in Figure 11. The method has been improved by Tangier (1987) to include the effects of wind crossflow and blade stall.31). ɸ.29) As pointed out by Wilson and Lissaman (1974). The velocity triangles for a blade in the four quadrants are shown in Figure 11.2 operates equally well at any wind orientation.30) and (11. and new values of a and a' from (11. the values of a. internal consistency requires that (11. The diagrams clearly indicate that there exists a tangential component of the lift vector L in all four quadrants.4 Vertical-Axis Machines As noted by Blackwell (1974).31) be satisfied. 11. The turbine power follows from (11.Torque on the rotor is computed by integrating Ft from the hub radius to the tip radius. Since torque and thrust can be calculated from momentum or blade-element theory.

For a discussion of these and other types the reader is referred to a book by Simmons (1975). Blackwell finds that verticalaxis turbines of this type fail to deliver power for RΩ/V < 3.7. Two other types of vertical-axis machines which have achieved fame are the Savonius (S-shaped blade) and the Madaras (cylinders). and the angular position θ is as shown in Figure 11. 169 .2.29).33) and R is the maximum radius of the blade with respect to the axis of rotation.7 indicate a tip-speed ratio of about 4. The power is obtained from (11.32) where a is given by (11. The velocity diagrams of Figure 11. Blackwell (1974) finds that maximum efficiency is obtained when the tip-speed ratio RΩ/V is around 6. as shown in Figure 11.expression (11. The airfoil chord is denoted by c.

88 0.72 0.67 0.48 0.66 0.63 0.60 0.60 50 0.75 0.80 0.29 0.87 0.82 0.85 0.73 0.38 0.83 0.83 0.61 0.62 0.81 0.42 0.84 0.76 0.65 0.82 0.60 0.54 0.79 0.65 0.65 100 Capacity Q (gpm) 200 300 0.87 0.72 0.77 0.89 0.74 0.77 0.67 0.68 0.81 0.21 0.43 0.67 0.71 0.70 0.70 0.64 0.55 0.47 0.82 0.76 0.89 0.87 0.52 0.84 0.73 0.59 0.84 0.75 0.63 0.76 0.40 0.65 0.57 0.78 0.56 0.50 0.74 0.88 0.78 0.87 0.24 0.71 0.75 0.70 0.34 0.73 0.86 0.60 0.85 0.73 0.60 0.75 170 .77 500 0.70 0.59 0.57 0.71 0.62 0.81 1000 3000 10000 0.31 0.64 0.70 0.86 0.80 0.70 0.77 0.47 0.Appendix A Table 2 Pump Efficiency as a Function of Specific Speed and Capacity Ns Dimensional 30 specific speed 200 300 400 500 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 3000 0.78 0.

17 1.70 2.36 1.26 2.06 1.79 0.08 1.11 0.30 1.10 1.14 1.68 1.91 0.40 2.80 1.65 2.96 0.00 1.00 1.82 1.16 1.89 1.32 1.00 1.80 0.70 1.39 1.44 1.18 - 171 .91 0.Table 3 Compressor Specific Diameter as a Function of Specific Speed and Efficiency Compressor efficiency Dimensional specific speed 50 60 65 70 80 85 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 180 190 200 0.00 0.91 0.29 1.00 1.07 1.80 0.21 1.96 1.25 1.91 2.87 0.15 1.77 1.63 1.22 1.91 0.92 1.07 1.02 1.06 1.41 1.42 1.48 1.91 0.01 0.91 0.14 1.04 1.53 1.57 1.46 1.59 1.94 0.03 1.60 2.79 0.43 1.00 1.66 1.55 1.83 0.94 1.14 1.80 0.50 2.00 0.29 1.

The foregoing assumptions lead to the following formulations: From Figure B-2. The slip Vu2 — Vu2' or ∆Wu is calculated as the speed Nd/2 of a point on the circumference of the Figure B-1 Relative eddy at impeller tip. ∆Wu = Vu2 — Vu2’ .Appendix B Derivation of Equation for Slip Coefficient The relative eddy (Figure B-1) at the impeller tip is located between adjacent vanes. The slip coefficient is and. The tangent AB to the vane forms the vane angle β2 with the tangent AC to the circular wheel periphery at point A. and the hypotenuse AC is taken as equal to the arc length AD. relative eddy. finally. has diameter d and rotates at the impeller rotation rate N. in which only solid body rotation is present. but in the opposite direction to that of the impeller. The triangle ABC has one vertex at point A on the periphery of the impeller. The length of the leg BC is approximated by the eddy diameter d. 172 .

and W2 '. by U2V u2' and we obtain (C7) 173 . denote the absolute and relative velocities. Referring to Figure B2 in Appendix B. we can write (C4) Substitution of (C3) and (C4) into (C2) gives (C5) The hydraulic efficiency is defined as (C6) It is clear from (C6) that the maximum efficiency corresponds to the minimum HL/Hin.e. and k r and k d represent the loss coefficients for rotor and diffuser. it is seen that (C2) and that (C3) Noting that the actual and ideal flow coefficients are equal.Appendix C Formulation of Equation for Hydraulic Loss in Centrifugal Pumps with Backward-Curved Vanes According to Csanady (1964) the hydraulic loss in a centrifugal pump can be represented by the relation (Cl) where V2 '. To obtain this form we divide (Cl) by gHin. respectively.. i. as are shown in the velocity diagram of Figure B-2.

There is a corresponding optimum value of φ2 for each flow coefficient. Determination of the optimum value of V u2’ / U 2 is a straightforward task.7° for φ2 = 0.05 to 23.55 for typical values of flow coefficient.5° at φ2 = 0. Optimum values of Vu2'/U2 are in the range between 0. which is to be minimized. (C 10) Using Csanady's value of ⅓ for kr/kd allows evaluation of the parameter on the left hand side of (C 10). substituting (C4) into (C9) and rearranging gives the final form. for each pair of assumed values of φ2 and Vu2'/U2. it varies from 5.Figure B-2 The effect of slip on the exit velocity diagram.20. From Figure B-2 we observe that (C8) Substituting (C2) and (C8) into (C7) yields (C9) Factoring. 174 .5 and 0.

69 165 648 Table 2 Correction Factors for Oil with Kinematic Viscosity of 176 Centistokes Water capacity (gpm) 100 Factor 15 cE cQ cH cE cQ cH cE cQ cH 0.88 0.93 0.80 0.77 0.97 0.90 0.82 0.93 Head (ft) 100 0.97 0.0 0.98 0.93 0.83 1.90 0.92 0.96 1000 5000 175 .93 0.60 0.72 0.39 0.0 0.95 600 0.Appendix D Viscous Effects on Pump Performance Table 1 Liquid Ethylene glycol Water Gasoline Kerosene Engine oil Glycerine Viscosities of Liquids at 70°F Kinematic viscosity (centistokes) 17.87 0.60 0.49 0.67 2.72 0.96 0.67 0.8 1.

Appendix E 176 .

Appendix F Table F-1 Gas Molecular Weight of Selected Gases Molecular weight 28.966 32.120 Air Oxygen Nitrogen Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Hydrogen Methane Ethane Propane n-Butane 177 .016 16.042 30.010 44.094 58.068 44.016 28.00 28.010 2.

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