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Secondary Flow in Variable Stator Vanes With Penny-Cavities

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Simon Stummann, Daniel Pohl, Peter Jeschke

RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

Hannes Wolf, Alexander Halcoussis, Matthias Franke

MTU Aero Engines AG, München, Germany

Paper No. GT2017-63771, pp. V02AT39A018; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5078-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


This paper presents a description of Detached Eddy Simulations being carried out on a variable stator vane with a penny-cavity in order to determine the secondary flow phenomena in the main flowpath. Variable stator vanes are common in multi-stage compressors to prevent flow separations on rotor and stator blades at off-design operation points. The bearing of the stators at hub and tip generate unavoidable circular-shaped ring gaps, which are called penny-cavities. The aim of this paper is to determine secondary flow phenomena in variable stator vanes on an annular cascade testbed resulting from the throughflow of the penny-cavities. Reynolds-Averaged-Navier-Stokes simulations and scale resolving Detached-Eddy-Simulations of a variable stator vane with hub penny-cavity were therefore performed using Ansys CFX. The results of these simulations will be compared to corresponding simulations without penny-cavity. The study shows secondary flow phenomena, which are comparable to the interaction of a transverse jet in a free stream. Due to the low momentum ratio of R = 0.5, the jet immediately veers in the direction of the main flow. The typical vortices which develop from a transverse jet in a free stream are identified. The steady RANS simulation shows an asymmetrical counter-rotating vortex pair. A lack of unsteady secondary flow interaction can be seen in the RANS simulations in contrast to the Detached-Eddy-Simulations, which resolve large turbulent scales. Hence an interaction between the counter-rotating vortex pair and the unsteady shear layer vortices in the stator is visible. In the Detached Eddy Simulations the counter-rotating vortex pair is superimposed by the unsteady shear-layer vortices. The vortices produce significant additional mixing losses, which will be shown in detail. By comparing simulations with and without penny-cavity, the penny-cavity losses are quantified. In conclusion, this paper will help design engineers become more aware of the significance of the penny-cavity with variable stator vanes.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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