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Physics of Tip Clearance Flow in Turbomachinery (Keynote Paper)

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Masahiro Inoue, Masato Furukawa

Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31184, pp. 777-789; 13 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 2: Symposia and General Papers, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3616-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


In a recent advanced aerodynamic design of turbomachinery, the physical interpretation of three-dimensional flow field obtained by a numerical simulation is important for iterative modifications of the blade or impeller geometry. This paper describes an approach to the physical interpretation of the tip clearance flow in turbomachinery. First, typical flow phenomena of the tip clearance flow are outlined for axial and radial compressors, pumps and turbines to help comprehensive understanding of the tip clearance flow. Then, a vortex-core identification method which enables to extract the vortical structure from the complicated flow field is introduced, since elucidation of the vortical structure is essential to the physical interpretation of the tip clearance flow. By use of the vortex-core identification, some interesting phenomena of the tip clearance flows are interpreted, especially focussing on axial flow compressors.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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