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Title: Large Eddy Simulation of a Controlled Diffusion Compressor Cascade
Authors: McMullan, W. Andrew
Page, Gary J.
First Published: 16-Nov-2010
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Citation: Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 2011, 86 (2), pp. 207-230 (24)
Abstract: In this research a Controlled Diffusion (CD) compressor cascade stator blade is simulated at a Reynolds number of ∼700,000, based on inflow velocity and chord length, using Large Eddy Simulation (LES). A wide range of flow inlet angles are computed, including conditions near the design angle, and at high negative and positive incidence. At all inlet angles the surface pressure distributions are well-predicted by the LES. Near the design angle the computed suction side boundary layer thickness agrees well with experimental data, whilst the pressure side boundary layer is poorly predicted due to the inability of LES to capture natural boundary layer transition on the present grid. A good estimation of the loss is computed near the design angle, whilst at both high positive and negative incidences the loss is less well predicted owing to discrepancies between the computed and experimental boundary layer thickness. At incidences above the design angle a laminar separation bubble forms near the leading edge of the suction surface, which undergoes a transition to turbulence. Similar behaviour is noted on the pressure surface at negative incidence. At high negative incidence contra-rotating vortex pairs are found to form around the leading edge in response to an unsteady stagnation line across the span of the blade. Such structures are not apparent in time-averaged statistical data due to their highly-transient nature.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10494-010-9314-z
ISSN: 1386-6184
eISSN: 1573-1987
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO. The final publication is available at Springer via © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
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