Experimental and computational investigation of flow structure of buoyancy induced flow in heated rotating cavities

Fazeli, Seyed Mostafa, Kanjirakkad, Vasudevan and Long, Christopher (2021) Experimental and computational investigation of flow structure of buoyancy induced flow in heated rotating cavities. Journal of the Global Power and Propulsion Society, 5. pp. 148-163. ISSN 2515-3080

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Abstract

This paper presents Laser-Doppler Anemometry (LDA) measurements obtained from the Sussex Multiple Cavity test facility. This facility comprises a number of heated disc cavities with a cool bore flow and is intended to emulate the secondary air system flow in an H.P compressor. Measurements were made of the axial and tangential components of velocity over the respective range of Rossby, Rotational and Axial Reynolds numbers, (Ro, Re_θ and Re_z), 0.32 < Ro < 1.28, Re_θ = 7.1×10^5, 1.2×10^4 < Re_z < 4.8×10^4 and for the values of the buoyancy parameter (βΔT) : 0.50 < βΔT < 0.58. The frequency spectra analysis of the tangential velocity indicates the existence of pairs of vortices inside the cavities. The swirl number, Xk, calculated from these measurements show that the cavity fluid approaches solid body rotation near the shroud region. The paper also presents results from Unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) calculations for the test case where Ro = 0.64. The time-averaged LDA data and numerical results show encouraging agreement.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: rotating cavity flow, LDA measurements, buoyancy induced flow, computational investigation, gas turbine internal air system, axial throughflow
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre
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Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 07:46
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2021 07:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101600

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