Procedure for Determining One-Dimensional Flow Distributions in Arbitrarily Connected Passages Without the Influence of Pumping
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH GLENN RESEARCH CENTER
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A calculation procedure is presented which allows the one-dimensional determination of flow distributions in arbitrarily connected branching flow passages having multiple inlets and exits. The procedure uses an adaptation of the finite element technique, iteratively coupled with an accurate one-dimensional flow solver. The procedure eliminates the usual restrictions inherent with finite element flow calculations. Unlike existing one-dimensional methods, which require simplifications to the flow equations uncoupling the momentum and energy equations, to allow for arbitrary branching and multiple inlets and exits, the only limitation of the described methodology is that, at present, it can only accommodate non-rotating configurations no pumping effects. The calculation procedure is robust, and will always converge for physically possible flow. The procedure is described, and its use is illustrated by an example.
- Fluid Mechanics