A recently developed, time-accurate multigrid viscous solver has been extended to the analysis of unsteady rotor-stator interaction. In the proposed method, a fully-implicit time discretization is used to remove stability limitations. By means of a dual time-stepping approach, a four-stage Runge-Kutta scheme is used in conjunction with several accelerating techniques typical of steady-state solvers, instead of traditional time-expensive factorizations. The accelerating strategies include local time stepping, residual smoothing, and multigrid.

Two-dimensional viscous calculations of unsteady rotor-stator interaction in the first stage of a modem gas turbine are presented. The stage analysis is based on the introduction of several blade passages to approximate the stator:rotor count ratio. Particular attention is dedicated to grid dependency in space and time as well as to the influence of the number of blades included in the calculations.

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