The two-phase flow in a rotating wedge mimicking the final portion of a blade turbine internal cooling channel is here presented and discussed focusing on unsteady motion and erosion mechanisms. The rotation axis is placed to properly reproduce a configuration with a very strong deviation (90°).
The flow field was modelled by using the well known k-ε-ζ-f unsteady-RANS model based on the elliptic-relaxation concept. The model was modified by some of the authors to take into account the influence of turbulence anisotropy as well as rotation. The model was applied to the well-established and fully validated T-FlowS code.
A systematic comparison of rotating and non-rotating case was carried out to show the influence of Coriolis force on flow and erosion mechanisms.
The rotational effects strongly changed the flow behaviour within the channel, affecting both the unsteady flow and the particles trajectories. In the rotating case, there is no recirculation on the tip region; besides, position of the small recirculation regions above each pedestals change. These, and other minor effects, affect the particle motion thus resulting in a different erosion pattern.