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Further Computational Investigations Into Aero-Engine Bearing Chamber Off-Take Flows

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Adam Robinson, Carol Eastwick, Hervé Morvan

University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Paper No. GT2010-22626, pp. 209-217; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Education; Electric Power; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4396-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by Rolls-Royce plc


Within an aero-engine bearing chamber oil is provided to components to lubricate and cool. This oil must be efficiently removed (scavenged) from the chamber to ensure it does not overheat and degrade. Bearing chambers typically contain a sump section with an exit pipe leading to a scavenge pump. In this paper a simplified geometry of a sump section, here simply made of a radial off-take port on a walled inclined plane, is analysed computationally. This paper follows on work presented within GT2008-50634. In the previous paper it was shown that simple gravity draining from a static head of liquid cold be modelled accurately, for what was akin to a deep sump situation fond in integrated gear boxes for example. The work within this paper will show that the draining of flow perpendicular to a moving film can be modelled. This situation is similar to the arrangements found in transmission bearing chambers. The case modelled is of a walled gravity driven film running down a plane with a circular off-take port, this replicates experimental work similar to that reported in GT2008-50632. The commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, Fluent 6 [1] has been employed for modelling, sing the Volume of Fluid (VOF) approach of Hirt and Nichols [2, 3] to capture the physics of both the film motion and the two phase flow in the scavenge pipe system. Surface tension [4] and a sharpening algorithm [5] are used to complement the representation of the free surface and associated effects. This initial CFD investigation is supported and validated with experimental work, which is only depicted briefly here as it is mainly sued to support the CFD methodology. The case has been modelled in full as well as with the use of a symmetry plane running down the centre of the plane parallel to the channel walls. This paper includes details of the meshing methodology, the boundary conditions sued, which will be shown to be of critical importance to accurate modelling, and the modelling assumptions. Finally, insight into the flow patterns observed for the cases modelled are summarised. The paper further reinforces that CFD is a promising approach to analysing bearing chamber scavenge flows although it can still be relatively costly.

Copyright © 2010 by Rolls-Royce plc



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