Present paper is devoted to numerical investigation of unsteadiness caused by impeller-diffuser interaction in a 8:1 total pressure ratio centrifugal compressor. The compressor designed by CIAM , and manufactured and tested by Customer gave satisfactory performances even under the first test. Further development requires new insights and advanced numerical tools. In this context, this paper presents Navier-Stokes computations of 3D viscous unsteady flow field within the impeller-diffuser configuration. Steady and unsteady computations indicated spacious zone of low velocity / reverse flow on pressure surface of the diffuser vane. To suppress this reverse flow, new vaned diffuser has been tailored through application of 3D inverse design procedure for Navier-Stokes equations . Subsequent steady and unsteady N-S calculations performed for compressor with the new diffuser demonstrated depression of reverse flow within diffuser and different unsteady loading of the diffuser vane.
3D Viscous Inverse Design of Vaned Diffuser to Suppress Flow Unsteadiness in a Centrifugal Compressor
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Mileshin, VI, Brailko, IA, Startsev, AN, & Orekhov, IK. "3D Viscous Inverse Design of Vaned Diffuser to Suppress Flow Unsteadiness in a Centrifugal Compressor." Proceedings of the ASME 2005 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting. Volume 2: Fora. Houston, Texas, USA. June 19–23, 2005. pp. 161-168. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2005-77335
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