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2.5. TURBINE SECTION

2.5.1. GENERAL

Description :
The three stage turbine section is the area in which energy in the form of high energy
pressured gas, produced by the compressor and combustion sections, is converted to
mechanical energy.
Each turbine stage is comprised of a nozzle and the corresponding wheel with its buckets.
Turbine section components include the turbine rotor, turbine shell, nozzles, shrouds, exhaust
frame and exhaust diffuser.

TURBINE SECTION

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2.5.2. TURBINE ROTOR

Structure :
The turbine rotor assembly consists of two wheel shafts ; the first, second, and third-stage
turbine wheels with buckets ; and two turbine spacers. Concentricity control is achieved with
mating rabbets on the turbine wheels, wheel shafts, and spacers. The wheels are held
together with through bolts. Selective positioning of rotor members is performed to minimize
balance corrections.
The forward wheel shaft extends from the first-stage turbine wheel to the aft flange of the
compressor rotor assembly. The journal for the n° 2 bearing is a part of the wheel shaft.
The aft wheel shaft connects from the third-stage turbine wheel to the load coupling. It
includes the n° 3 bearing journal.
Spacers between the first and second, and between the second and third-stage turbine
wheels determine the axial position of the individual wheels. These spacers carry the
diaphragm sealing bands. The spacer forward face includes radial slots for cooling air
passages. The 1-2 spacer also has radial slots for cooling air passages on the aft face.

TURBINE ROTOR LOCATION

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Buckets :
The turbine buckets (figure next page) increase in size from the first to the third-stage.
Because of the pressure reduction resulting from energy conversion in each stage, an
increased annulus area is required to accommodate the gas flow ; thus necessitating
increasing the size of the buckets. The first-stage buckets are the first rotating surfaces
encountered by the extremely hot gases leaving the first-stage nozzle. Each first-stage bucket
contains a series of longitudinal air passages for bucket cooling. Air is introduced into each
first-stage bucket through a plenum at the base of the bucket dovetail. It flows through cooling
holes extending the length of the bucket and exits at the recessed bucket tip. The holes are
spaced and sized to obtain optimum cooling of the airfoil with minimum compressor extraction
air.
Like the first-stage buckets, the second-stage buckets are cooled by spanwise air passages
the length of the airfoil. Since the lower temperatures surrounding the bucket shanks do not
require shank cooling, the second-stage cooling holes are fed by a plenum cast into the
bucket shank. Spanwise holes provide cooling air to the airfoil at a higher pressure than a
design with shank holes. This increases the cooling effectiveness in the airfoil so airfoil cooling
is accomplished with minimum penalty to the thermodynamic cycle.
The third-stage buckets are not internally air cooled ; the tips of these buckets, like the
second-stage buckets, are enclosed by a shroud which is a part of the tip seal. The shrouds
interlock from bucket to bucket to provide vibration damping.
Turbine buckets for each stage are attached to their wheels by straight, axial entry, multiple
tang dovetails that fit into matching cutouts in the turbine wheel rims. Bucket vanes are
connected to their dovetails by means of shanks. These shanks locate the bucket-to-wheel
attachment at a significant distance from the hot gases, reducing the temperature at the
dovetail. The turbine rotor assembly is arranged so that the buckets can be replaced without
unstacking the wheels, spacers, and wheel shaft assemblies.

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BUCKETS

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Turbine rotor cooling :


The turbine rotor must be cooled to maintain reasonable operating temperatures and,
therefore, assure a longer turbine service life.
Cooling is accomplished by means of a positive flow of cool air radially outward through a
space between the turbine wheel with buckets and the stator, into the main gas stream. This
area is called the wheelspace.
The turbine rotor is cooled by means of a positive flow of relatively cool (relative to hot gas
path air) air extracted from the compressor. Air extracted through the rotor, ahead of the
compressor 17th stage, is used for cooling the 1st and 2nd stage buckets and the 2nd stage
aft and 3rd stage forward rotor wheel spaces. This air also maintains the turbine wheels,
turbine spacers, and wheel shaft at approximately compressor discharge temperature to
assure low steady state thermal gradients thus ensuring long wheel life.
The first stage forward wheelspace is cooled by air that passes through the high pressure
packing seal at the aft end compressor rotor. The 1st stage aft and 2nd stage forward wheel
spaces are cooled by compressor discharge air that passes through the stage 1 shrouds and
then radially inward through the stage 2 nozzle vanes. The 3rd aft wheelspace is cooled by
cooling air that exits from the exhaust frame cooling circuit.

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TURBINE SECTION-CUTAWAY VIEW

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2.5.3. TURBINE STATOR

Structure :
The turbine shell and the exhaust frame constitute the major portion of the gas turbine stator
structure. The turbine nozzles, shrouds, n° 3 bearing and turbine exhaust diffuser are
internally supported from these components.

TURBINE STATOR (IN BLACK)

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Turbine shell :
The turbine shell controls the axial and radial positions of the shrouds and nozzles. It
determines turbine clearances and the relative positions of the nozzles to the turbine buckets.
This positioning is critical to gas turbine performance.
Hot gases contained by the turbine shell are a source of heat flow into the shell. To control the
shell diameter, it is important that the shell design reduces the heat flow into the shell and
limits its temperature. Heat flow limitations incorporate insulation, cooling, and multilayered
structures. The external surface of the shell incorporates cooling air passages. Flow through
these passages is generated by an off base cooling fan.
Structurally, the shell forward flange is bolted to flanges at the aft end of the compressor
discharge casing and combustion wrapper. The shell aft flange is bolted to the forward flange
of the exhaust frame. Trunnions cast onto the sides of the shell are used with similar trunnions
on the forward compressor casing to lift the gas turbine when it is separated from its base.
Turbine nozzles :
In the turbine section, there are three stages of stationary nozzles which direct the high
velocity flow of the expanded hot combustion gas against the turbine buckets, causing the
rotor to rotate. Because of the high pressure drop across these nozzles, there are seals at
both the inside diameters and the outside diameters to prevent loss of system energy by
leakage. Since these nozzles operate in the hot combustion gas flow, they are subjected to
thermal stresses in addition to gas pressure loadings.
First stage nozzle :
The first stage nozzle receives the hot combustion gases from the combustion system via the
transition pieces. The transition pieces are sealed to both the outer and inner sidewalls on the
entrance side of the nozzle, so minimizing leakage of compressor discharge air into the
nozzles. The 18 cast nozzle segments, each with two partitions (or airfoils) are contained by a
horizontally split retaining ring which is center-line supported to the turbine shell on lugs at the
sides and guided by pins at the top and bottom vertical center-lines. This permits radial growth
of the retaining ring, resulting from changes in temperature while the ring remains centered in
the shell.
The aft outer diameter of the retaining ring is loaded against the forward face of the first stage
turbine shroud and acts as the air seal to prevent leakage of compressor discharge air
between the nozzle and shell. On the inner sidewall, the nozzle is sealed by direct bearing of
the nozzle inner load rail against the first-stage nozzle support ring bolted to the compressor
discharge casing. The nozzle is prevented from moving forward by four lugs welded to the aft
outside diameter of the retaining ring at 45 degrees from vertical and horizontal centerlines.
These lugs fit in a groove machined in the turbine shell just forward of the first stage shroud T-
hook. By moving the horizontal joint support block and the bottom centerline guide pine, the
lower half of the nozzle can be rolled out with the turbine rotor in place.
Second stage nozzle :
Combustion gas exiting from the first stage buckets is again expanded and redirected against
the second stage turbine buckets by the second stage nozzle.
The second stage nozzle is made of 16 cast segments, each with three partitions (or airfoils).
The male hooks on the entrance and exit sides of the sidewall fit into female grooves on the
aft side of the first stage shrouds and on the forward side of the second stage shrouds to

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maintain the nozzle concentric with the turbine shell and rotor. This close fitting tongue-and-
groove fit between nozzle and shrouds acts as an outside diameter air seal.
The nozzle segments are held in a circumferential position by radial pins from the shell into
axial slots in the nozzle outer sidewall.
The second stage nozzle partitions are cooled with compressor discharge air.
Third stage nozzle :
The third stage nozzle receives the hot gas as it leaves the second stage buckets, increases
its velocity by pressure drop and directs this flow against the third stage buckets.
The nozzle consists of 16 cast segments, each with four partitions (or airfoils). It is held at the
outer sidewall forward and aft sides in grooves in the turbine shrouds in a manner identical to
that used on the second stage nozzle. The third stage nozzle is circumferentially positioned by
radial pins from the shell.

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NOZZLES

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Diaphragms :
Attached to the inside diameters of both the second and third stage nozzle segments are the
nozzle diaphragms (figure here after).
These diaphragms prevent air leakage past the inner sidewall of the nozzles and the turbine
rotor. The high/low, labyrinth-type seal teeth are machined into the inside diameter of the
diaphragm. They mate with opposing sealing lands on the turbine rotor. Minimal radial
clearance between stationary parts (diaphragm and nozzles) and the moving rotor are
essential for maintaining low interstage leakage ; this results in higher turbine efficiency.
Shrouds :
Unlike the compressor blading, the turbine bucket tips do not run directly against an integral
machined surface of the casing but against annular curved segments called turbine shrouds.
The primary function of the shrouds is to provide a cylindrical surface for minimizing tip
clearance leakage.
The secondary function is to provide a high thermal resistance between the hot gases and the
comparatively cool shell. By accomplishing this function, the shell cooling load is drastically
reduced, the shell diameter is controlled, the shell roundness is maintained, and important
turbine clearances are assured.
The shroud segments are maintained in the circumferential position by radial pins from the
shell. Joints between shroud segments are sealed by interconnecting tongues and grooves.

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2.5.4. EXHAUST FRAME AND DIFFUSER

The exhaust frame assembly (figure here after) consists of the exhaust frame and the exhaust
diffuser. The exhaust frame is bolted to the aft flange of the turbine shell.
Structurally, the frame consists of an outer cylinder and inner cylinder interconnected by ten
radial struts. On the inner gas path surfaces of the two cylinders are attached the inner and
outer diffusers. The no.3 bearing is supported from the inner cylinder.
The exhaust diffuser, located at the extreme aft end of the gas turbine, bolts to, and is
supported by, the exhaust frame. The exhaust frame is a fabricated assembly consisting of an
inner cylinder and an outer divergent cylinder that flairs at the exit end at a right angle to the
turbine centerline. At the exit end of the diffuser between the two cylinders are five turning
vanes mounted at the bend. Gases exhausted from the third turbine stage enter the diffuser
where velocity is reduced by diffusion and pressure is recovered. At the exit of the diffuser,
turning vanes direct the gases into the exhaust plenum.
Exhaust frame radial struts cross the exhaust gas stream. These struts position the inner
cylinder and no.3 bearing in relation to the outer casing of the gas turbine. The struts must be
maintained at a uniform temperature in order to control the center position of the rotor in
relation to the stator. This temperature stabilization is accomplished by protecting the struts
from exhaust gases with a metal fairing fabricated into the diffuser and then forcing cooling air
into this space around the struts.
Turbine shell cooling air enters the space between the exhaust frame and the diffuser and
flows in two directions. The air flows in one direction into the turbine shell cooling annulus and
also down through the space between the struts and the airfoil fairings surrounding the struts
and subsequently into the load shaft tunnel and turbine third-stage aft wheelspace.

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EXHAUST FRAME ASSEMBLY

EXHAUST
FRAME AIRFOIL
STRUT

INNER
CYLINDER

EXHAUST DIFFUSEUR

TURNING VANES

INSULATION PACK

OUTER
CYLINDER ASSEMBLED VIEW

EXHAUST
FRAME

ENLARGED VIEW OF
STRUT CROSS SECTION

EXHAUST
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