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Sensitivity of LES results from turbine rim seals to changes in grid resolution and sector size

O'Mahoney, T, Hills, N and Chew, J (2012) Sensitivity of LES results from turbine rim seals to changes in grid resolution and sector size Progress in Aerospace Sciences.

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Abstract

Large-Eddy Simulations (LES) were carried out for a turbine rim seal and the sensitivity of the results to changes in grid resolution and the size of the computational domain are investigated. Ingestion of hot annulus gas into the rotor-stator cavity is compared between LES results and against experiments and Unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier–Stokes (URANS) calculations. The LES calculations show greater ingestion than the URANS calculation and show better agreement with experiments. Increased grid resolution shows a small improvement in ingestion predictions whereas increasing the sector model size has little effect on the results. The contrast between the different CFD models is most stark in the inner cavity, where the URANS shows almost no ingestion. Particular attention is also paid to the presence of low frequency oscillations in the disc cavity. URANS calculations show such low frequency oscillations at different frequencies than the LES. The oscillations also take a very long time to develop in the LES. The results show that the difficult problem of estimating ingestion through rim seals could be overcome by using LES but that the computational requirements were still restrictive.

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AuthorsEmailORCID
O'Mahoney, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hills, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chew, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2012
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paerosci.2011.09.003
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 13:24
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804183

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