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Unsteady RANS Simulations of a Highly Loaded Low Aspect Ratio Compressor Stator Cascade With Active Flow Control

[+] Author Affiliations
Christoph Gmelin, Mathias Steger, Frank Thiele

Berlin University of Technology, Berlin, Germany

André Huppertz, Marius Swoboda

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany

Paper No. GT2010-22516, pp. 237-246; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 7: Turbomachinery, Parts A, B, and C
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4402-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


A highly loaded compressor cascade is analyzed by means of time-resolved 3D RANS simulations. Due to the low aspect ratio of the cascade, strong three-dimensional effects emerge, such as large corner vortices and trailing edge separation at the midspan. The feasibility of the simulation using a commercial software and the applicability of controlling the separated regions using zero net mass flux synthetic jets is analyzed. The work includes two control concepts that are investigated separately. One aims to affect the secondary flow emerging from the sidewalls via actuation at the cascade casing walls. The other aims to reattach the separated flow to the blade suction side using an actuator on the blade. Beneficial flow control parameters characterizing a synthetic jet are determined for both locations by a systematic variation. Special attention is drawn to the global efficiency of the stator cascade by means of total pressure loss and pressure rise.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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