Boundary Layer and Navier-Stokes Analysis of a NASA Controlled-Diffusion Compressor Blade PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Y. K. Ho, P. Stow

Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, England

G. J. Walker

University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Paper No. 90-GT-236, pp. V001T01A083; 13 pages
  • ASME 1990 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Brussels, Belgium, June 11–14, 1990
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7904-7
  • Copyright © 1990 by ASME


Performance calculations for a NASA controlled-diffusion compressor blade have been carried out with a coupled inviscid-boundary layer code and a time-marching Navier-Stokes solver. Comparisons with experimental test data highlight and explain the strengths and limitations of both these computational methods. The boundary layer code gives good results at and near design conditions. Loss predictions however deteriorated at off-design incidences. This is mainly due to a problem with leading edge laminar separation bubble modelling; coupled with an inability of the calculations to grow the turbulent boundary layer at a correct rate in a strong adverse pressure gradient. Navier-Stokes loss predictions on the other hand are creditable throughout the whole incidence range, except at extreme positive incidence where turbulence modeling problems similar to those of the coupled boundary layer code are observed. The main drawback for the Navier-Stokes code is the slow rate of convergence for these low Mach number cases. Plans are currently under review to address this problem. Both codes give excellent predictions of the blade surface pressure distributions for all the cases considered.

Copyright © 1990 by ASME
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