A new empirical friction-factor model for honeycomb surfaces based on flat plate test results has been developed as a function of Mach number and dimensionless pressure and honeycomb geometry variables. A rotordynamic analysis for centered, turbulent-annular-honeycomb-stator seals has been developed incorporating the new empirical friction-factor model for honeycomb-stator surfaces. The results of the new analysis in predicting the rotordynamic and leakage characteristics have been compared to: (a) Moody’s friction-factor model analysis, and (b) experimental data for short (L/D = 1/6, 25.4 mm long) seal. The comparisons show that the new honeycomb friction-factor model greatly improves the predictions of leakage and rotordynamic coefficients compared to Moody’s friction-factor model, especially, for direct and cross-coupled stiffness.

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