The demand for higher efficiencies and performance of modern centrifugal turbomachinery requires improved knowledge of critical design factors in strength of materials, aerodynamics, and rotordynamics. While tremendous strides in finite element stress analysis and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have addressed the first two areas, the lack of accurate prediction tools for centrifugal impellers typically leaves rotordynamics out of the design loop. While several authors have analyzed the rotordynamic forces arising from shrouded centrifugal impellers, there has been no study to couple the secondary shroud passage with the three-dimensional primary flow model. The strong interaction between these domains makes this approach advantageous. The current study utilizes CFD techniques to analyze the full three-dimensional viscous, primary/secondary flow field in a centrifugal pump impeller to determine rotordynamic forces. Multiple quasi-steady solutions of an eccentric three-dimensional model at different precessional frequency ratios yield the rotordynamic impedance forces. Performing a second-order least-squares analysis generates the skew-symmetric stiffness, damping, and mass matrices. The results show good correlation with experiment for both performance and rotordynamic forces.
Rotordynamic Force Prediction of Whirling Centrifugal Impeller Shroud Passages Using Computational Fluid Dynamic Techniques
Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Paper presented at the International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN, June 7–10, 1999; ASME Paper 99-GT-334. Manuscript received by IGTI, October 1998; final revision received by the ASME Headquarters, March 1999. Associate Editor: D. Wisler.
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Moore , J. J., and Palazzolo, A. B. (March 1, 1999). "Rotordynamic Force Prediction of Whirling Centrifugal Impeller Shroud Passages Using Computational Fluid Dynamic Techniques ." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. October 2001; 123(4): 910–918. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1385829
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