Backflow usually exists at the inlet of rotors of many turbomachines at low flow rates. In counter-rotating rotors applied for the axial flow pump, such vortical structures are also able to form. In our previous researches, some broad-banded pressure fluctuations in low frequency range have been observed between front and rear rotors, but we have not yet been able to explain what causes such phenomenon. In this study, in order to find out the causes of low frequency components at low flow rates, unsteady numerical simulations for the whole front and rear rotors are conducted, and casing pressure is experimentally measured at the inlet and outlet of front rotor and the inlet of rear rotor. It is found that vortical structures exist between front and rear rotors at below 40% of design flow rate. These vortices seem to be the result of shear layer instability at the impingement location of the exiting flow from front rotor to the backflow of rear rotor. The behaviours of these backflow vortices and their interaction with front rotor contribute the low frequency components in pressure fluctuations observed at low flow rates.
|Journal||IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 30 2018|
|Event||2017 AWG-IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems - Beijing, China|
Duration: Nov 16 2017 → Nov 19 2017
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)