To help with the design of axial flow steam turbine blading a suite of flow analysis programs has been adapted and developed. Effort has been concentrated on improving the blade-to-blade analysis and developing a two-dimensional blade-to-blade profile design method. The development and verification of the analysis program have already been reported in detail (Willis, 1987 and Willis and Goulas, 1987). This paper presents the design or inverse solution. The analysis method uses an inviscid stream function solution coupled with an integral boundary layer calculation. In the design program the required changes in the blade geometry are effected via a transpiration type model. It is therefore a ‘profile refinement’, rather than an ‘original’ design procedure, and is necessarily an iterative solution. A required velocity distribution may be specified over only part of the blade surface. Two examples are presented in this paper to illustrate the capability of the design program.

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