Numerical study of a cascade unsteady separation flow

Zongjun Hu, GeCheng Zha, J. Lepicovsky

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A CFD solver is developed to solve a 3D, unsteady, compressible Navier-Stokes equations with the Baldwin-Lomax turbulence model to study the unsteady separation flow in a high incidence cascade. The second order accuracy is obtained with the dual time stepping technique. The code is first validated for its unsteady simulation capability by calculating a 2D transonic inlet diffuser flow. Then a 3D steady state calculation is carried out for the cascade at an incidence of 10°. The surface pressure distributions compare reasonably well with the experiment measurement. Finally, the 3D unsteady simulation is carried out with 3 inlet Mach numbers at the incidence of 10°. The separation bubble oscillation and the static pressure oscillation on the leading edge of the blade suction surface exhibit clear periodicity. The details of the leading edge vortex shedding is captured. The inlet Mach number is shown to be an important factor to determine the pattern of the separation flow. In the subsonic inlet flow region, increasing the inlet Mach number enlarges the separation region and the pressure oscillation intensity. The separation flow is weakened when the inlet flow becomes supersonic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2004
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 22 2004
Event2004 ASME Turbo Expo - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Jun 14 2004Jun 17 2004


Other2004 ASME Turbo Expo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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