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Improved Approach to the Streamline Curvature Method in Turbomachinery

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S. Abdallah, R. E. Henderson

Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16804

J. Fluids Eng 109(3), 213-217 (Sep 01, 1987) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3242650 History: Received August 15, 1985; Online October 26, 2009

Abstract

Quasi three dimensional blade-to-blade solutions for stators and rotors of turbomachines are obtained using the Streamline Curvature Method (SLCM). The first-order velocity gradient equation of the SLCM, traditionally solved for the velocity field, is reformulated as a second-order elliptic differential equation and employed in tracing the streamtubes throughout the flow field. The equation of continuity is then used to calculate the velocity. The present method has the following advantages. First, it preserves the ellipticity of the flow field in the solution of the second-order velocity gradient equation. Second, it eliminates the need for curve fitting and strong smoothing under-relaxation in the classical SLCM. Third, the prediction of the stagnation streamlines is a straightforward matter which does not complicate the present procedure. Finally, body-fitted curvilinear coordinates (streamlines and orthogonals or quasi-orthogonals) are naturally generated in the method. Numerical solutions are obtained for inviscid incompressible flow in rotating and non-rotating passages and the results are compared with experimental data.

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