This paper presents a numerical investigation of the heat transfer inside a micro gas turbine and its impact on the performance. The large temperature difference between turbine and compressor in combination with the small dimensions results in a high heat transfer causing a drop in efficiency of both components. Present study aims to quantify this heat transfer and to reveal the different mechanisms that contribute to it. A conjugate heat transfer solver has been developed for this purpose. It combines a three-dimensional (3D) conduction calculation inside the rotor and the stator with a 3D flow calculation in the radial compressor, turbine and gap between stator and rotor. The results for micro gas turbines of different size and shape and different material characteristics are presented and the impact on performance is evaluated.
Numerical Study of the Heat Transfer in Micro Gas Turbines
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Verstraete, T., Alsalihi, Z., and Van den Braembussche, R. A. (October 11, 2006). "Numerical Study of the Heat Transfer in Micro Gas Turbines." ASME. J. Turbomach. October 2007; 129(4): 835–841. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2720874
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