Title of Invention

"TURBINE BLADE WITH SEALING WIPER"

Abstract The turbine blade has a head (6) at its peripherally outer end, and on the outside face thereof there is formed at least one wiper (12) having a first end portion (16) and a second end portion (20), with a wiper tip (26) extending between the two end portions. The first portion (16) situated on the suction side of the blade is taller than the second end portion (20) so as to form a saw tooth effect between the wipers (12) of two adjacent blades mounted on a turbine rotor. The tip (26) of each wiper presents a convex surface between the first portion (16) and the second portion (20). Fig. 3
Full Text The invention relates to a blade for a moving rotor stage of a turbine, the blade having a pressure side and a suction side disposed on either side of an axis of the blade, said blade further comprising a head situated at its peripherally outer end and at least one sealing wiper formed on said head, said sealing wiper being disposed transversely to the pressure and suction sides and presenting a first end portion at the suction side and a second end portion at the pressure side, said first end portion being taller than said second end portion, said wiper presenting a wiper tip between said first and second end portxons.
The performance of turbomachines for use in aviation or in other kinds of industrial production is continuously being improved. For example, it is possible to increase the efficiency of a moving-blade turbine stage or compression stage by improving sealing between the rotor and the stator at the ends of the blades, and by ensuring that the moving and fixed parts match in operation.
Depending on engine operating conditions, certain vibratory instability phenomena of the moving blades can be observed. In particular, vibration can come from aerodynamic flow conditions at the tips of the blades.
Generally, clearance is left between the tips of the blades and the associated stator. In operation, friction between the blades and the shroud can lead to the appearance of variation in said clearance and to damage being done to the ends of the blades and/or to the surface of the shroud, for several reasons. Firstly the rotor and the shroud concentric therewith are not exactly circular in shape. Secondly there exist variations due to differential thermal expansion between the rotor and the shroud. Finally mechanical deformation arises from the stresses that are exerted on the moving parts of the rotor or on the stationary parts of the associated stator.
To reduce such friction, it is known to place sealing and wear linings made of "abradable" materials on the inside surfaces of the stator facing the moving blades. These surfaces are abradable, which means that they are coated in a material which wears away or becomes abraded as a function of the blades going past until it accommodates them. The blades are then provided with wipers at their peripheries, which wipers are designed to co-operate with the abradable linings. The wipers are in the form of shaped elements of abrasive material.
It is known to place the wipers in a sawtooth configuration from one blade to the next so as to prevent them from wearing. However, such wipers present rectilinear tips which lead to a large residual leakage section.
The object of the invention is to propose blades having wipers that enable said residual leakage section to be reduced, thereby making it possible to increase the efficiency of the turbine and thus to reduce the specific fuel consumption of the engine.
The invention achieves this object by the fact that said wiper tip presents a convex surface which extends between said first and second end portions.
Since the tip of the wiper is convex, the available section between the tip and the surface of the shroud is reduced.
Advantageously, the convex surface presents a circular cross-section having a middle axis, a center, and a radius.
To make the wipers easier to produce, it is advantageous to select a circular arc as the shape for the tip.
Advantageously, the middle axis is offset from the blade axis by an angle which is oriented from the pressure side towards the suction side, and the center is
offset by a distance measured perpendicularly to the blade axis.
The first end portion is of greater height than the second end portion so as to retain the sawtooth effect between two consecutive blades. As a result, it is necessary to orient the curvature of the circular arc if it is desired to interconnect the two end portions so as to have a single, unique curvilinear surface.
Advantageously, the distance is not less than half of one pitch step corresponding to half the spacing between said first end portion and said second end portion.
In order to have wiper clearance to avoid wear, it is preferable to offset the center of curvature of the tip by half a step relative to the axis of the blade.
Advantageously, the difference in height between said first end portion and said second end portion is at least 0.2 millimeters (mm).
This difference in height enables the sawtooth effect to be conserved between two consecutive blades.
Advantageously, the blade has two wipers that are substantially parallel in such a manner as to create a baffle for the air which flows between the blades and the shroud, thus enabling vibratory instability to be reduced.
Other characteristics and advantages of the invention appear on reading the following description made by way of non-limiting example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
- Figure 1 is a perspective view of a turbine blade
having two wipers;
- Figure 2 is a plan view of Figure 1;
- Figure 3 is a cross-section view showing a
plurality of blades mounted on a rotor disposed inside a
shroud; and
- Figure 4 is a simplified view showing a blade in
contact with the shroud.
Figure 1 shows a blade 2 of a turbomachine which comprises a blade root 4 at its inner end and a head 6 at its outer peripheral end. To encourage axial flow, the blade 2 extends along a blade axis X-X1 perpendicular to the axis of the rotor on which said blade 2 is mounted, having a profile with a pressure side 8 and a suction side 10. Two wipers 12 and 14 are formed on the outer face of the head 6.
Figures 1 and 2 show that the wipers 12 and 14 are disposed transversely relative to the pressure and suction sides 8 and 10. Each of the wipers 12 and 14 has a respective first end portion 16, 18 situated on the suction side 10 and a respective second end portion 20, 22 situated on the pressure side 8.
Figure 3 shows a plurality of blades 2 mounted on a rotor (not shown) placed in a stator 24 and having a direction of rotation as indicated by an arrow F. The blades all carry wipers 12 and 14. The wipers 12 and 14 are disposed in parallel planes perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the rotor and they extend peripherally over an angle equal to one angular step of the inter-blade pitch so as to form a baffle with the inside wall of the stator 24. Only the wipers 12 can be seen in Figure 3.
The first end portion 16 is taller than the second end portion 20 so as to form a sawtooth effect on going from a wiper 12 formed on a first blade 2 to the wiper 12 formed on the following blade 2. The difference in height d is preferably selected to be equal to 0.2 mm in order to avoid wear of the wiper 12.
The stator 24 has an abradable material on its inside wall thus making it possible in operation for the stator to be abraded and thus adapt to the shape of the wipers 12 and 14 rubbing thereagainst. Thus, friction is reduced after the surfaces have become matched to each other, thereby enabling leaks to be reduced.
In order to diminish residual leaks between the tips 26 of the wipers 12 and 14 and the stator 24, the tips 26 present a surface that is convex in the circumferential direction. The shaded portions in Figure 3 show the reduction in the leakage area compared with the prior art.
In particular, the section of the tip 26 is in the form of a circular arc 28 of center 0 and radius R. The first end portion 16 is connected to the second end portion 20 via the tip 26 whose circular arc 28 is inclined since the two end portions 16 and 20 are at different heights. Thus, the center 0 of the circular arc 28 is offset by a distance L relative to the center of rotation Q of the blades when they are mounted on the rotor 24. The distance L is not less than half the length of the wiper, which corresponds to half a pitch step, i.e. to half the spacing of two consecutive blades 2.
The middle axle x-x1 of the wiper is offset by an angle a that is oriented towards the suction side 10 relative to the axis of the blade X-X1. The orientation of the angle a is thus opposite to the direction of rotation of the rotor 24 as indicated by arrow F. The radius of curvature R of the circular arc 28 may be equal to or less than the radius of curvature of the shroud.








We Claim:
1. A blade (2) for a moving rotor stage of a turbine , the blade having a pressure
side (8) and a suction side (10) disposed on either side of an axis (XX') of the blade,
said blade comprising :
head (6) situated at its peripherally outer end and at least one sealing wiper (12,14) formed on said head;
said sealing wiper (12,14) being disposed transversely to the pressure and suction sides (8, 10) and presenting a first end portion (16,18) at the suction side (10) and a second end portion (20, 22) at the pressure side (8);
said first end portion (16,18) being taller than said second end portion (20, 22);
said wiper presenting a wiper tip (26) between said first and second end portions (16,18; 20, 22); and
wherein said wiper tip (26) presents a convex surface (28) which extends between said first and second end portions.
2. The blade as claimed in claim 1, wherein said convex surface (28) presents a circular cross-section having a middle axis (xx1), a center (O) and a radius (R).
3. The blade as claimed in claim 2, wherein the said middle axis (xx1) is offset from the blade axis (XX1) by an angle (a) which is oriented from the pressure side (8) towards the suction side (10) and by the fact that the center (O) is offset by a distance (L) measured perpendicularly to the blade axis (XX').
4. The blade as claimed in claim 3, wherein the distance (L) is not less than half
of one pitch step corresponding to half the spacing between said first end portion
(16,18) and said second end portion (20, 22).
5. The blade as claimed in any of claims 1 to 4, wherein the difference in height
(d) between said first end portion (16,18) and said second end portion (20,22) is at
least 0.2 mm.
6. The blade as claimed in any of claims 1 to 5, wherein it carries two wipers (12,
14).
7. The blade as claimed in claim 6, wherein both wipers (12, 14) are substantially parallel.

Documents:

1875-DELNP-2003-Abstract-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-abstract.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Claims-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-claims.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Correspondence-Others-(30-11-2009).pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Correspondence-Others-(31-08-2010)-.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Correspondence-Others-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-correspondence-others.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Description (Complete)-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-description (complete).pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Drawings-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-drawings.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Form-1-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-form-1.pdf

1875-delnp-2003-form-18.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Form-2-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-form-2.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Form-3-(31-08-2010)-.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Form-3-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-form-3.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Form-5-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-form-5.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-GPA-(30-11-2009).pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-GPA-(31-08-2010).pdf

1875-delnp-2003-pct-308.pdf

1875-DELNP-2003-Petition 137-(31-08-2010).pdf


Patent Number 245909
Indian Patent Application Number 1875/DELNP/2003
PG Journal Number 06/2011
Publication Date 11-Feb-2011
Grant Date 04-Feb-2011
Date of Filing 10-Nov-2003
Name of Patentee SNECMA.,
Applicant Address 2 BD DU GENERAL MARTIAL VALIN-75015, PARIS, FRANCE.
Inventors:
# Inventor's Name Inventor's Address
1 GIOT, CHANTAL 18, RUE DES ECUREUILS, F-77380 COMBS LA VILLE, FRANCE.
2 SOUPIZON, JEAN-LUC 171, RUE DE LA FLOTTE, F-77000 VAUX LE PENILL, FRANCE.
PCT International Classification Number N/A
PCT International Application Number PCT/FR02/01812
PCT International Filing date 2002-05-30
PCT Conventions:
# PCT Application Number Date of Convention Priority Country
1 01/07122 2001-05-31 France