Physics of tip clearance flow in turbomachinery

Masahiro Inoue, Masato Furukawa

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages777-789
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Conference - Montreal, Que., United States
Duration: Jul 14 2002Jul 18 2002

Other

OtherProceedings of the 2002 ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityMontreal, Que.
Period7/14/027/18/02

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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