DNS of secondary flows over oscillating low-pressure turbine using spectral/hp element method

Erfanian Nakhchi Toosi, Mahdi, Naung, Shine Win and Rahmati, Mohammad (2020) DNS of secondary flows over oscillating low-pressure turbine using spectral/hp element method. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 86. p. 108684. ISSN 0142-727X

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This paper investigates the secondary vortex flows over an oscillating low-pressure turbine blade using a direct numerical simulation (DNS) method. The unsteady flow governing equations over the oscillating blade are discretized and solved using a spectral/hp element method. The method employs high-degree piecewise polynomial basis functions which results in a very high-order finite element approach. The results show that the blade oscillation can significantly influence the transitional flow structure and the wake profile. It was observed that the separation point over vibrating T106A blades was delayed 4.71% compared to the stationary one at Re = 51,800. Moreover, in the oscillating case, the separated shear layers roll up, break down and shed from the trailing edge. However, the blade vibration imposes additional flow disturbances on the suction surface of the blade before leaving from the trailing edge. Momentum thickness calculations revealed that after flow separation point, the momentum thickness grows rapidly which is due to the inverse flow gradients which generate vortex flows in this area. It was concluded that the additional vortex generations due to the blade vibrations cause higher momentum thickness increment compared to the conventional stationary LPT blade.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Direct numerical simulation (DNS), Low pressure turbine, Oscillating blade, Secondary flows, Separation point, Spectral/hp element method
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 07:59
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2021 03:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44573

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