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Numerical Simulation of the Boundary Layer Transition in Turbomachinery Flows

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Hans Thermann, Michael Müller, Reinhard Niehuis

RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Paper No. 2001-GT-0475, pp. V003T01A088; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7852-1
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


The objective of the presented work is to investigate models which simulate boundary layer transition in turbomachinery flows. This study focuses on separated-flow transition. Computations with different algebraic transition models are performed three-dimensionally using an implicit Navier-Stokes flow solver. Two different test cases have been chosen for this investigation: First, a linear transonic compressor cascade, and second an annular subsonic compressor cascade. Both test cases show three-dimensional flow structures with large separations at the side-walls. Additionally, laminar separation bubbles can be observed on the suction and pressure side of the blades of the annular subsonic cascade whereas a shock-induced separation can be found on the suction side of the blades of the linear transonic cascade. Computational results are compared with experiments and the effect of transition modeling is analyzed. It is shown that the prediction of the boundary layer development can be substantially improved compared to fully turbulent computations when algebraic transition models are applied.

Copyright © 2001 by ASME



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