I am a postgraduate research student at the EPSRC CDT on the Next Generation Computational Modelling (NGCM) iPhD programme.
My project "variability in high pressure blade trailing edge geometry and its impact on stage capacity and blade temperature" involves the trailing edge (TE) geometry of gas turbine high pressure turbine blades, which is subject to inevitable variability due to the manufacturing processes involved. Since such turbine blades are film and internally cooled any alterations in flow conditions can have significant impact on HP turbine passage capacity, blade temperatures and hence blade life.
It had been assumed that the minimum 'geometrical' throat was the key driver in determining capacity but it has now been demonstrated that the Mach=1 surface forms on the TE coolant and the suction surface, which is significantly downstream of the TE. Furthermore, this coolant flow itself, i.e. the jet, can vary because of the inner lip angle (due to manufacturing variability) and a small change in this angle causes a large change in capacity settings.
In my PhD project data from the blade manufacturing process and experimental rigs will be combined with high fidelity RANS based CFD studies to investigate the impact of manufacturing variability on flow and temperature conditions from a multi-objective standpoint. The work will be based on the existing suite of proprietary tools employed by Rolls-Royce to model their blade flows and temperature profiles (Padram / Hydra / SC03) combined with Siemens NX geometry models to hold the stochastic information on geometric variations.
This research is partly funded by the EPSRC and Rolls-Royce plc.
My academic degrees:
BSc in Mechanical Engineering - Siegen, Germany
MSc in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design - Southampton, UK - Dissertation: "Multi-fidelity gas turbine swirler optimisation"
Professor, Engineering Sciences (FEE)
With Hans Fangohr, Ian Hawke, Peter Horak (Investigators), Susanne Ufermann Fangohr, Thorsten Wittemeier, Kieran Selvon, Alvaro Perez-Diaz, David Lusher, Ashley Setter, Emanuele Zappia, Hossam Ragheb, Ryan Pepper, Mihails Milehins, Stephen Gow, Paul Chambers, Robert Entwistle, Rory Brown, Joshua Greenhalgh, James Harrison, Jonathon Waters, Ioannis Begleris, Craig Rafter
Variability in high pressure blade trailing edge geometry and its impact on stage capacity and blade temperature
With Andy Keane (Investigator)