The effects of pressure ratios, rotational speeds and sealing clearances on the leakage flow characteristics of pocket damper seals (PDS) were numerically investigated using Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) solutions. The leakage flow rate of the experimental PDS with the eight-bladed and eight-pocket was conducted at three different pressure drops and three different rotational speeds. The numerical results were in agreement with the experimental data. Six pressure ratios, four rotational speeds and four sealing clearances were utilized to study the effects of theses factors on the leakage flow characteristics of the PDS. Numerical results show that the leakage rate of the PDS increases with decreased pressure ratio. The leakage rate decreases with the increasing rotational speed, and this phenomenon is more pronounced at higher rotational speed. At the highest rotational speed 20200rpm, the flow coefficient is up to 4.4% less than that of the non-rotating case. The leakage rate increases linearly with sealing clearance increasing. The comparison of the leakage flow rate shows that the PDS leaks slightly less than that of the labyrinth seal at the same pressure ratio, rotational speed and sealing clearance, especially at the higher rotational speed case. Furthermore, the circumferential partition wall can significantly decrease the circumferential flow in the PDS cavity. At the highest rotational speed with 20200rpm, the swirl ratio in the active and inactive cavity of the PDS is reduced by 94.5% and 46% compared to the labyrinth seal, respectively.

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