A Study of the Fluid-Dynamic Pressure Fields on Compressor Reed Valves.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The flow induced pressure field in a reed valve arrangement was analytically predicted and experimentally measured for steady state conditions. The flow was found to be supersonic in nature with an imbedded shock for all but the lowest pressure runs. The analytic method used one-dimensional isentropic and normal shock relations. The technique provides a good first look at the nature of the flow and is compatible for use on a small computer system. The experimental data was obtained by using an idealized reed valve model. The data acquisition system was computerized and used a scanivalve system to measure the pressure in the valve model. Circular, square, and rectangular valve plate geometries were investigated. The inlet was circular for all cases. Flow visualization oil was also used in a qualitative approach to determine the location and shape of the shock in the flow. The pressure measurements and the flow visualization showed the shock to be circular for all geometries and pressures tested. At high total pressure runs the valve plate began vibrating and the shock location became smeared suggesting the shock was also oscillating. Thesis.
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