Effect of blade secular change on unsteady flows in middle pressure first-stage steam turbines

Akihiro Uemura, Hironori Miyazawa, Takashi Furusawa, Satoru Yamamoto, Koichi Yonezawa, Shuichi Umezawa

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Abstract

This paper presents the effect of blade secular changes in stator and rotor blade passages on unsteady flows through the first-stage in a middle pressure steam turbine. The scales from the boilers may collide with the stator and rotor blade surfaces, and the blades could become gradually thinned or adhered over time because of the collision. The secular-changed blades influence the performance of steam turbines and may further induce unexpected accidents. Therefore, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of steam turbines is essential. The optimization of MRO scheduling is quite crucial for electric power companies. We simulated unsteady steam flows through an actual middle pressure steam turbine working at a coal-fired power plant while setting manufactured and secular-changed blades. The shape of the secular-changed blades was measured from actual blades during overhaul. The numerical method developed at Tohoku University was employed for the simulation. The difference in the results between the manufactured and secular-changed blades is shown, and the effect of secular changes on unsteady flows is investigated. In addition, the possibility of utilizing the results in the MRO of real turbines is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicroturbines, Turbochargers, and Small Turbomachines; Steam Turbines
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858714
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2019 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 2019 Jun 172019 Jun 21

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo
Volume8

Conference

ConferenceASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition, GT 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period19/6/1719/6/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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