Experimental Verification of the Streamline Curvature Numerical Analysis Method Applied to the Flow through an Axial Flow Fan.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV UNIVERSITY PARK APPLIED RESEARCH LAB
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To verify the results of a streamline curvature numerical analysis method, an investigation has been conducted in which comparisons are made between analytical and experimental data of an axial flow fan. Using loss model calculations to determine the proper outlet flow deviation angles, the flow field in the hub-to-tip plane of the turbomachine was calculated. These deviation angle calculations allow the inviscid streamline curvature SLC analysis to model a real fluid with viscous losses. The verification of this calculated flow field is the primary objective of the investigation however, in addition to the hub-to-tip flow field, the numerical analysis of the blade-to-blade flow field was also investigated in some detail. To verify the accuracy of the numerical results, detailed flow surveys were conducted upstream and downstream of the test rotor of the axial flow fan. To obtain the necessary data to verify the blade-to-balde solution, internal blade row data were also collected. The internal blade row measurements were obtained by using a rotating circumferential traversing mechanism which was designed and implemented during this investigation. Along with these two sets of survey data, the static pressure distributions on the pressure and suction surfaces of the test rotor were also obtained.
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Fluid Mechanics
- Jet and Gas Turbine Engines