You are on page 1of 25

Steam turbine

What is the turbine?

What is the principle of steam

turbine? Types of steam turbine. Component of steam turbine. Problems in steam turbine.

What exactly is the turbine? Turbine is an engine that converts energy of fluid into mechanical energy

The steam turbine is steam driven rotary engine.

Principle of steam turbine:

The steam energy is converted mechanical work by expansion through the turbine. Expansion takes place through a series of fixed blades(nozzles) and moving blades. In each row fixed blade and moving blade are called stage.

Steam turbine: Steam Turbine System:

Widely used in CHP(combined heat and power) applications.

Oldest prime mover technology Capacities: 50 kW to hundreds of MWs

Thermodynamic cycle is the Rankin cycle that uses a boiler

Most common types Back pressure steam turbine Extraction condensing steam turbine

Steam turbine:
Back Pressure Steam Turbine
Steam exits the turbine at a higher pressure that the atmospheric
HP Steam



Advantages: -Simple configuration -Low capital cost -Low need of cooling water -High total efficiency Disadvantages: -Larger steam turbine


Condensate Process

LP Steam

Figure: Back pressure steam turbine


Steam turbine:
Extraction Condensing Steam Turbine
HP Steam

Steam obtained by extraction from an intermediate stage Remaining steam is exhausted

Boiler Fuel


LP Steam Condensate Process

Relatively high capital cost, lower total efficiency


Figure: Extraction condensing steam turbine


steam turbine and blades

Types of steam turbine:

There are two main types 1. Impulse steam turbine 2. Reaction steam turbine

Impulse steam turbine:

The basic idea of an impulse turbine is that a jet of steam from a fixed nozzle pushes against the rotor blades and impels them forward. The velocity of steam is twice as fast as the velocity of blade. Pressure drops take place in the fixed blade (nozzle).

The single stage impulse turbine:

The turbine consists of a single rotor to which impulse blades are attached. The steam is fed through one or several convergent nozzles. If high velocity of steam is allowed to flow through one row of moving blades. It produces a rotor speed of about 30000 rpm which is too high for practical use.

Velocity diagram:

Cross section view:

Component of impulse steam turbine:

Main components are 1. Casing 2. Rotor 3. Blades 4. Stop and control valve 5. Oil befell, steam befell 6. governor 7. Bearing(general and thrust bearing) 8. Gear box(epicyclic gear box) 9. Oil pumps

Construction of steam turbines

1 steam pipeline 2 inlet control valve 3 nozzle chamber 4 nozzle-box 5 outlet 6 stator 7 blade carrier 8 casing

9 rotor disc 10 rotor 11 journal bearing 13 thrust bearing 14 generator rotor 15 coupling 16 labyrinth packing 19 steam bleeding (extraction)

21 bearing pedestal 22 safety governor 23 main oil pump 24 centrifugal governor 25 turning gear 29 control stage impulse blading

Reaction steam turbine:

A reaction turbine utilizes a jet of steam that flows from a nozzle on the rotor. Actually, the steam is directed into the moving blades by fixed blades designed to expand the steam. The result is a small increase in velocity over that of the moving blades.

Schematic diagram:

Problems in steam turbine:

Stress corrosion carking Corrosion fatigue Pitting Oil lubrication imbalance of the rotor can lead to vibration misalignment Thermal fatigue

Unknown 26% Stress-Corrosion Cracking 22% High-Cycle Fatigue 20% Corrosion-Fatigue Cracking 7% Temperature Creep Rupture 6% Low-Cycle Fatigue 5% Corrosion 4% Other causes 10%

Resultant damage: Extensive pitting of airfoils, shrouds, covers, blade root surfaces. Causes of failure: Chemical attack from corrosive elements in the steam provided to the turbine.

Resultant damage: Airfoils, shrouds, covers permanently deformed. Causes of failure: Deformed parts subjected to steam temperatures in excess of design limits.

Resultant damage: Cracks in airfoils, shrouds, covers, blade roots. Causes of failure: Loosing of parts (cover, tie wire, etc.) Exceeded part fatigue life design limit

Stress Corrosion Cracking:

Resultant damage: Cracks in highly stressed areas of the blading. Causes of failure: caused by the combined presence of corrosive elements and high stresses in highly loaded locations.

Thank you