Phase Averaged Wall Shear Stress, Wall Pressure and Near Wall Velocity Field Measurements in a Whirling Annular Seal FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
Gerald L. Morrison, Robert B. Winslow, H. Davis Thames, III

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Paper No. 95-GT-101, pp. V001T01A025; 8 pages
  • ASME 1995 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 5–8, 1995
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7878-1
  • Copyright © 1995 by ASME


The flow field inside a 50% eccentric whirling annular seal operating at a Reynolds number of 24,000 and a Taylor number of 6,600 has been measured using a 3-D laser Doppler anemometer system. Flush mount pressure and wall shear stress probes have been used to measure the stresses (normal and shear) along the length of the stator. The rotor was mounted eccentrically on the shaft so that the rotor orbit was circular and rotated at the same speed as the shaft (a whirl ratio of 1.0). This paper presents mean pressure, mean wall shear stress magnitude and mean wall shear stress direction distributions along the length of the seal. Phase averaged wall pressure and wall shear stress are presented along with phase averaged mean velocity and turbulence kinetic energy distributions located 0.16c from the stator wall where c is the seal clearance. The relationships between the velocity, turbulence, wall pressure and wall shear stress are very complex and do not follow simple bulk flow predictions.

Copyright © 1995 by ASME
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