Large eddy simulation of the influence of synthetic inlet turbulence on a practical aeroengine combustor with counter-rotating swirler

To study the influence of inlet turbulence on the prediction of flow structure in practical aeroengine combustor, large eddy simulation with dynamic Smagorinsky subgrid model is used to explore the complex unsteady flow field in a single burner of a typical aeroengine combustor with two-stage counter-rotating swirler. The complex geometric configuration including all film cooling holes is fully simulated without any conventional simplification in order to reduce the modeling errors. First, unsteady process that flow developing from static to statistically stationary state is fully simulated under laminar inlet condition to obtain a fundamental understanding of flow characteristics in the combustor. Afterwards, synthetic eddy method is utilized to generate a turbulent inlet condition so that a perturbation with about 5% turbulence intensity is superimposed to the inlet plane. Simulation result shows that for the laminar inflow case, flow separation occurs in the near-wall region of the diffusion section, inducing a boundary layer transition and consequently introducing turbulence with nonuniformity in space before the swirler. In contrast, synthesized inflow generated under turbulent inlet condition by synthetic eddy method is more spatially homogeneous. Time-averaged flow field inside the swirler cup reveals that turbulent inflow ultimately causes the swirling flow with higher rotating speed in central region and more uniform distribution along the circumferential direction. It also enhances the transverse jet flow from primary holes and reverse flow in the central recirculation zone, and makes streamlines corresponding to the recirculation vortices more symmetrical on central profile. Maximum recirculating velocity predicted in central recirculation zone is -27.65?m/s and -17.86?m/s in turbulent and laminar case respectively, and corresponding total pressure recovery coefficient is 96.03% and 96.81%.


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  • Accession Number: 01699688
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2019 4:37PM