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Prediction of a Laminar Separation Bubble Over a Controlled-Diffusion Compressor Blade

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G. V. Hobson, S. Weber

Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Paper No. 2000-GT-0277, pp. V003T01A081; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2000: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Munich, Germany, May 8–11, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7856-9
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


The paper describes the comparison of the prediction of the flow through a cascade of controlled-diffusion compressor blades with two Navier-Stokes solvers. Both codes solved the thin-layer N-S equations, however; one code performed implicit time marching whereas the other performed explicit time marching. Flow predictions were accomplished with the implicit code using the algebraic turbulence model of Baldwin and Lomax and the one-equation model of Spalart and Allmaras, while predictions were made with the explicit code using the two-equation model by Wilcox.

Predictions were made of the detailed laser-anemometry measurements of the flow field taken previously in a low-speed cascade wind tunnel. Comparisons were also made with the experimentally measured blade surface pressures and flow visualization of the extent of the laminar leading edge separation bubble. The one-equation turbulence model was combined with an intermittency based transition-length model for comparisons with fully turbulent calculations. Both codes predicted the leading-edge separation bubble satisfactorily when using higher order turbulence models.

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