A numerical case study on a HPT-shroud of a medium-sized commercial engine has been carried out to investigate the heat loading and the possible redistribution (number of channels, position and exit angle) of shroud cooling channels facing the turbine blade tip. A combination of modeling vehicles was used to quantify the aerodynamics, the thermodynamics and resulting heat loads on the shroud. This includes a 1-D gas turbine performance simulation model, engineering models for cooling flow distributions and heat loads, CFD modeling of the HPT flow including some tip flow effects and the finite element modeling to calculate the temperature and stress distribution in the solid shroud. Regions with high temperatures and/or maximum thermal stresses and the potential for reduction by relocating the cooling channels at equal amounts of cooling flow were identified. Although the physics involved in the processes is much more complicated than modeled, the parametric studies gave valuable insight and quantitative results in terms of differences in shroud temperatures and thermal stresses. A complementary experimental study on shroud maintenance and service experiences (not published yet) has delivered data for model input support and comparison with the numerical results.

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