A multistage frequency domain (Nonlinear Harmonic) Navier-Stokes unsteady flow solver has been used to analyze the flow field in the MIT (rotor/rotor) aspirated counter-rotating compressor. The numerical accuracy and computational efficiency of the Nonlinear Harmonic method implemented in Numeca’s Fine/Turbo CFD code has been demonstrated by comparing predictions with experimental data and nonlinear time-accurate solutions for the test case. The comparison is good, especially considering the big savings in time with respect to a time accurate simulation. An imposed inlet boundary condition takes into account the flow change due to the IGV (not simulated in the computational model). Details of the flow field are presented and physical explanations are provided. Also, suggestions and recommendations on the use of the Nonlinear Harmonic method are provided. From this work it can be concluded that the development of efficient frequency domain approaches enables routine unsteady flow predictions to be used in the design of modern turbomachinery.

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