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Impact of Mixed Flow Turbines on the Efficiency of Automotive Turbocharger Applications

R. Udayakumar 1 and Yasho Vinay Pipada 2
1. BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Dubai, UAE
2. Affle India limited, Gurgaon, India

Abstract— Automotive turbocharger applications are built on the basis of radial flow or axial flow in order to extract energy. The ever growing demands for the enhanced fuel efficiency and low cost of fuel used in passenger cars, part load and low-end performance are the crucial areas. These areas should be focused more while designing the automotive turbocharger applications and turbines. A turbine that can mine more energy at less rotational speed and greater pressure ratios is considered more efficient in context of automotive drive phase. Reviewing various studies, it has been found that efficiency of radial flow lies at 0.7 speed ratios, but in the meantime, the less rotational speeds and greater pressure ratios lead towards the low blade speed ratio. Focusing on such findings, mixed flow turbines are considered a best option that offers significant benefits for the automotive turbocharger applications. In order to prove this consideration, the presented research was based on experimental valuation of blade speed ratio and  efficiency of mixed flow turbines. For this purpose, semi-unsteady approach was used in addition to providing with the evidences of advantages of mixed flow behavior in turbocharger applications.

Index Terms— Axial flow turbines, Radial flow turbines, Mixed flow turbines, Blade speed ratio, rotational speed, turbocharger

Cite: R. Udayakumar and Yasho Vinay Pipada, "Impact of Mixed Flow Turbines on the Efficiency of Automotive Turbocharger Applications," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 791-796, June 2020. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.9.6.791-796

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