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Numerical Modelling of Three Dimensional Honeycomb Labyrinth Seals Employing a Simplified Approach

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Dermot Collins, Joao Amaral Teixeira

Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK

Pete Crudgington

Cross Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Devizes, Wiltshire, UK

Paul C. Ivey

University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Paper No. GT2006-90850, pp. 1507-1518; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4238-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


This paper numerically analyses the flow through abradable honeycomb labyrinth seals using CFD. Three-dimensional CFD simulations using a single tooth have been compared to representative two-dimensional simulations. Two sizes of honeycomb (1.60mm and 3.20mm) have been analysed at pressure ratios from 1.20 up to 1.60. The seal geometry was kept constant throughout with a running clearance of 1.00mm. The honeycomb has been oriented in two planes with respect to the labyrinth teeth. The two-dimensional planes show equivalence both in terms of overall performance and inter-cavity pressure profiles. Comparisons of Cd typically agree within 2.5%, having an average variation of 1.3%. Total pressure profiles at the middle of the upstream and downstream cavity have been compared. These reveal typical average RMS variations of less than 3% between 3-D and 2-D profiles. It has also been shown that the honeycomb surface causes velocity effects in 3-D that propagate into the seal cavity. The technique used has achieved significant reductions in modelling times.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Modeling



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