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Turbo Machinery (ME-605C)

Time Allotted: 3

Hours Full Marks: 70

The figures in the margin indicate full marks

GROUP-A (Multiple Choice Type Questions)


1. Choose the correct alternatives for the following (any ten):


The right sequence for specific speed is

a) Pelton>Kaplan>Francis

b) Kaplan>Francis>Pelton

c) Francis>Pelton>Kaplan

d) Francis> Kaplan > Pelton


The use of draft tube in a reaction turbine helps to

a) Provide safety to the turbine

b) Increase the flow rate

c) Transport water to the tailrace without eddies

d) Convert residual kinetic energy to pressure energy


Parallel operation of centrifugal pumps results in

a) Increased head

b) Increased flowrate

c) Decreased flowrate

d) Decreased head


Which turbine has the best part load efficiency

a) Francis

b) Pelton

c) Deriaz

d) Kaplan


The expression for unit speed is given by






Operating characteristic curves of a turbine means

a) Curves drawn at constant speed

b) Curves drawn at constant efficiency

c) Curves drawn at constant head

d) None of the above


Which area of a hydraulic turbine is most susceptible to cavitation?

a) Inlet of the turbine

b) Inlet of the draft tube

c) Exit of the draft tube

(viii) In a compressible flow situation, Mach number is 0.931 and temperature is -5 0 C. Calculate

the stagnation temperature if

a) 40 0 C

b) 44 0 C

c) 41.44 0 C

d) 44.41 0 C



Higher specific speeds (160 to 500) of centrifugal pump indicate

a) Radial flow pump

b) Axial flow pump

c) Mixed flow pump

d) Reciprocating pump


A centrifugal pump with radial vane tips at the outlet has an impeller of 100 mm outer diameter. If the rotational speed is 3000 rpm and manometric efficiency 80%, the net head developed is

a) 10m

b) 20m

c) 30m

d) 40m


If pump NPSH requirements are not satisfied

a) It will consume excessive power

b) It will cavitate

c) It will not develop head

d) Efficiency will be low


The difference between a fan and a blower is

a) Fan is of axial type but blower is of radial type

b) Fans deal with cold air but blowers deal with hot air

c) Fans deal with air but blowers deal with water

d) Total pressure rise across a fan is much lower compared to blower


(Short Answer Type Questions) Answer any three of the following


2. The velocity of water at the outlet of a conical draft tube attached to a Francis turbine is 1.4m/s.

The velocity of water at the inlet of the draft tube, which is 4.5m above the tail race level, is 5m/s. If

the loss of head due to friction in the draft tube is 40% of the velocity head at outlet of the tube, find

pressure head at inlet to the draft tube.


3. Why backward curved vanes are preferred for centrifugal pumps? A reservoir has a head of 40m

and a channel leading from the reservoir permits a flow rate of 34m 3 /s. If the rotational speed of the

rotor is 150 rpm, what is the most suitable turbine to use?



5. What do you understand by stagnation pressure and temperature? Differentiate between supersonic

nozzle and subsonic nozzle.


6. What do you understand by “cavitation” in pumps? What are its possible causes? How it is



GROUP-C (Long Answer Type Questions) Answer any three of the following.


7. (a) The diameter of the runner of a vertical shaft turbine is 450 mm at the inlet. The width of the

runner at the inlet is 50 mm. The diameter and the width at the outlet are 300 mm and 75 mm respectively. The blades occupy 8 % of the circumference. The guide vane angle is 24 0 , the inlet angle of the runner blade is 95 0 and the outlet angle is 30 0 . The fluid leaves the runner without any whirl. The pressure head at inlet is 55 mm above that at exit from the runner. The fluid friction losses

account for 18% of the pressure head at inlet. Calculate the speed of the runner and the output power

(use mechanical efficiency at 95%).


(b) A turbine operating under a head of 32 m develops 9000 KW at the speed of 100 rpm. Determine

the speed and power developed by the turbine when the head on the turbine is reduces to 16 m.


8. For rotordynamic fluid machines of a given shape, and handling an incompressible fluid, the

relevant variables involved are D (the rotor diameter), Q (the volume flowrate through the machine), N (The rotational speed of the machine), gH (the difference of head across the machine, i.e. energy

per unit mass), ρ (the density of fluid), μ (the dynamic viscosity of the fluid) and P (the power transferred between the fluid and the rotor). Show with the help of Buckingham’s π-theorem that,


9. (a) Air at 30 0 C is stored in large tank under a pressure of 1500kN/m 2 . A nozzle is provided to

discharge the air. If the pressure at the outlet of the nozzle is 1150kN/m 2 , find the velocity of air

flowing at the outlet of the nozzle. Take R=287J/kg-K and k=1.4


(b) A centrifugal pump 1.3 m in diameter delivers 3.5m 3 /min of water at a tip speed of 10 m/s and a

flow velocity of 1.6 m/s. The outlet blade angle is 30 0 to the tangent at the impeller periphery. Assuming zero whirl at inlet, and zero slip, calculate the torque delivered by the impeller.


(c) In a vertical-shaft Francis turbine the available head at the inlet flange of the turbine is 150 m and

the vertical distance between the runner and the tailrace is 2.0 m. The critical Thoma’s coefficient is 0.09. Atmospheric pressure is 1.013 bar and the water is at 25°C. Determine the NPSH for the turbine.

Hence, using Thoma’s coefficient determine whether cavitation is likely to occur.


10. (a) The jet velocity in a pelton turbine is 65 m/s. The peripheral velocity of the runner is 25 m/s. The jet is defleted by 160° by the bucket. Determine the power developed and hydraulic efficiency of

(b) The diameter and width of a centrifugal pump impeller are 50 cm and 2.5 cm. The pump runs at 1200 rpm. The suction head is 6 m and the delivery head is 40 m. The frictional drop in suction is 2 m and in the delivery 8 m. The blade angle at out let is 30°. The manometric efficiency is 80% and the overall efficiency is 75%. Determine the power required to drive the pump. Also calculate the

pressures at the suction and delivery side of the pump.


11. Write short notes (any three)



Euler’s turbo machinery equation


Surging and choking of compressors


Degree of reaction


Supersaturated flow in steam turbines


Muschel curves for centrifugal pumps