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Overview of Current Turbine Aerodynamic Analysis and Testing at MSFCAn overview of the current turbine aerodynamic analysis and testing activities at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is presented. The presentation is divided into three areas. The first area is the three-dimensional (3D), unsteady Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of the Fastrac turbine. Results from a coupled nozzle, blade, and exit guide vane analysis and from an uncoupled nozzle and coupled blade and exit guide vane will be presented. Unsteady pressure distributions, frequencies, and exit profiles from each analysis will be compared and contrasted. The second area is the testing and analysis of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) High Pressure Fuel Turbopump (HPFTP) turbine with instrumented first stage blades. The SSME HPFTP turbine was tested in air at the MSFC Turbine Test Equipment (TTE). Pressure transducers were mounted on the first stage blades. Unsteady, 3D CFD analysis was performed for this geometry and flow conditions. A sampling of the results will be shown. The third area is a status of the Turbine Performance Optimization task. The objective of this task is to improve the efficiency of a turbine for potential use on a next generation launch vehicle. This task includes global optimization for the preliminary design, detailed optimization for blade shapes and spacing, and application of advanced CFD analysis. The final design will be tested in the MSFC TTE.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Griffin, Lisa W.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Hudson, Susan T.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Zoladz, Thomas F.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
September 13, 1999
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Meeting Information
Meeting: Thermal and Fluids Analysis
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: United States
Start Date: September 13, 1999
End Date: September 17, 1999
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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