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Towards a High Order Throughflow: Part I—Investigating the Effectiveness of a Harmonic Reconstruction for 3D Flows

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J. P. Thomas, O. Léonard

University of Liège, Liège, Belgium

Paper No. GT2010-22841, pp. 831-841; 11 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


The computation time and the extraction of useful information remain severe drawbacks to systematic use of modern three-dimensional Navier-Stokes codes in a design procedure of multi-stage turbomachines. That explains why throughflow simulation is still widely used at industrial scale. The main limitation of throughflow is however the need for empirical models to reproduce blade-flow interactions and major 3D flow features. The purpose of this work is to investigate the degree to which empiricism could be reduced by using the averaged-passage equations of Adamczyk, combined with a harmonic closure strategy. To that aim, results of a computation performed with a steady three-dimensional Navier-Stokes code are used to calculate some of the additional terms of the circumferentially-averaged equations, the so-called circumferential stresses. The importance of the latter to bring back the mean effect of circumferential non-uniformities, linked to 3D phenomena, is illustrated by injecting them into a throughfow simulation. Then the ability of truncated Fourier series to reproduce the level of non-uniformity in the core flow and near the walls is detailed. It is finally shown that the harmonic approximated stresses can lead to a good reproduction of local 3D flow features in throughflow simulation and to a better accuracy.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Flow (Dynamics)



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