A transport equation for the intermittency factor is employed to predict the transitional flows in low-pressure turbines. The intermittent behavior of the transitional flows is taken into account and incorporated into computations by modifying the eddy viscosity, , with the intermittency factor, . Turbulent quantities are predicted by using Menter’s two-equation turbulence model (SST). The intermittency factor is obtained from a transport equation model which can produce both the experimentally observed streamwise variation of intermittency and a realistic profile in the cross stream direction. The model had been previously validated against low-pressure turbine experiments with success. In this paper, the model is applied to predictions of three sets of recent low-pressure turbine experiments on the Pack B blade to further validate its predicting capabilities under various flow conditions. Comparisons of computational results with experimental data are provided. Overall, good agreement between the experimental data and computational results is obtained. The new model has been shown to have the capability of accurately predicting transitional flows under a wide range of low-pressure turbine conditions.
A Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of Transitional Flows in Low-Pressure Turbines Under a Wide Range of Operating Conditions
Suzen, Y. B., Huang, P. G., Ashpis, D. E., Volino, R. J., Corke, T. C., Thomas, F. O., Huang, J., Lake, J. P., and King, P. I. (February 13, 2006). "A Computational Fluid Dynamics Study of Transitional Flows in Low-Pressure Turbines Under a Wide Range of Operating Conditions." ASME. J. Turbomach. July 2007; 129(3): 527–541. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2218888
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