International Journal of Rotating Machinery http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Wind Turbine Performance in Controlled Conditions: BEM Modeling and Comparison with Experimental Results Tue, 17 May 2016 13:23:26 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5460823/ Predictions of the performance of operating wind turbines are challenging for many reasons including the unsteadiness of the wind and uncertainties in blade aerodynamic behaviour. In the current study an extended blade element momentum (BEM) program was developed to compute the rotor power of an existing 4.3 m diameter turbine and compare predictions with reported controlled experimental measurements. Beginning with basic blade geometry and the iterative computation of aerodynamic properties, the method integrated the BEM analysis into the program workflow ensuring that the power production by a blade element agreed with its lift and drag data at the same Reynolds number. The parametric study using the extended BEM algorithm revealed the close association of the power curve behaviour with the aerodynamic characteristics of the blade elements, the discretization of the aerodynamic span, and the dependence on Reynolds number when the blades were stalled. Transition prediction also affected overall performance, albeit to a lesser degree. Finally, to capture blade finite area effects, the tip loss model was adjusted depending on stall conditions. The experimental power curve for the HAWT of the current study was closely matched by the extended BEM simulation. David A. Johnson, Mingyao Gu, and Brian Gaunt Copyright © 2016 David A. Johnson et al. All rights reserved. Fluidization Characteristics of Medium-High-Consistency Pulp Fiber Suspensions with an Impeller Thu, 12 May 2016 11:31:06 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/3902723/ When the mass concentration exceeds 7%, pulp suspensions stop flowing and act like a solid. To investigate the fluidization characteristics of medium-high-consistency pulp suspensions and achieve pulp fluidization and pumping, experiments were carried out with waste tissue pulp and unbleached kraft pulp. The objectives of this paper were to study the rheology of medium-high-consistency pulp and to determine accurate parameters for the physical Herschel-Bulkley model. To validate this model, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) results were compared to experimental data. The simulation values were very similar and were in agreement with experimental results. Ye Daoxing and Li Hong Copyright © 2016 Ye Daoxing and Li Hong. All rights reserved. Vane Clocking Effects on Stator Suction Side Boundary Layers in a Multistage Compressor Wed, 11 May 2016 12:17:02 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5921463/ The stator inlet flow field in a multistage compressor varies in the pitchwise direction due to upstream vane wakes and how those wakes interact with the upstream rotor tip leakage flows. If successive vane rows have the same count, then vane clocking can be used to position the downstream vane in the optimum circumferential position for minimum vane loss. This paper explores vane clocking effects on the suction side vane boundary layer development by measuring the quasi-wall shear stress on the downstream vane at three spanwise locations. Comparisons between the boundary layer transition on Stator 1 and Stator 2 are made to emphasize the impact of rotor-rotor interactions which are not present for Stator 1 and yet contribute significantly to transition on Stator 2. Vane clocking can move the boundary layer transition in the path between the wakes by up to 24% of the suction side length at midspan by altering the influence of the Rotor 1 wakes in the 3/rev modulation from rotor-rotor interactions. The boundary layer near the vane hub and tip experiences earlier transition and separation due to interactions with the secondary flows along the shrouded endwalls. Flow visualization and Stator 2 wakes support the shear stress results. Natalie R. Smith and Nicole L. Key Copyright © 2016 Natalie R. Smith and Nicole L. Key. All rights reserved. Effect of the Modification of the Start-Up Sequence on the Thermal Stresses for a Microgas Turbine Mon, 09 May 2016 08:10:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5834172/ Microgas turbines (MGT) are an alternative for small-scale energy production; however, their small size becomes a drawback since it enhances the heat transfer among their components. Moreover, heat transfer drives to temperature gradients which become higher during transient cycles like start-up. The influence of different start-up curves on temperature and thermal stresses of a microgas turbine was investigated. Stationary and rotational blades of the turbine were numerically simulated using CFD and FEM commercial codes. Conjugated heat transfer cases were solved for obtaining heat transfer from fluid toward the blades. Changes of temperature gradients within the blades during the start-ups were calculated under transient state with boundary conditions according to each curve to assess accurate thermal stresses calculations. Results showed that the modification of the start-up curves had an impact on the thermal stresses levels and on the time when highest stresses appeared on each component. Furthermore, zones highly stressed were located near the constraints of blades where thermal strains are restricted. It was also found that the curve that had a warming period at the beginning of the start-up allowed reducing the peaks of stresses making it more feasible and safer for the turbine start-up operation. Oscar Tenango-Pirin, J. C. García, Laura Castro-Gómez, J. A. Rodríguez, F. Sierra, Oscar De Santiago, and J. M. Rodríguez-Lelis Copyright © 2016 Oscar Tenango-Pirin et al. All rights reserved. Numerical Investigation on Primary Atomization Mechanism of Hollow Cone Swirling Sprays Thu, 05 May 2016 16:28:54 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/1201497/ The atomization process of swirling sprays in gas turbine engines has been investigated using a LES-VOF model. With fine grid resolution, the ligament and droplet formation processes are captured in detail. The spray structure of fully developed sprays and the flow field are observed firstly. A central recirculation zone is generated inside the hollow cone section due to the entrainment of air by the liquid sheet and strong turbulent structures promote the breakup of ligaments. At the exit of injector nozzle, surface instability occurs due to disturbance factors. Axial and transverse mode instabilities produce a net-like structure ligament zone. Finally, the generation mechanism of the droplet is analyzed. It is found that the breakup mechanism of ligaments is located at the Raleigh capillary region. Axial symmetry oscillation occurs due to the surface tension force and the capillary waves pinch off from the neck of the ligaments. Secondary breakup and coalescence occur at the “droplet zone,” resulting in a wider distribution curve at the downstream area. Jia-Wei Ding, Guo-Xiu Li, Yu-Song Yu, and Hong-Meng Li Copyright © 2016 Jia-Wei Ding et al. All rights reserved. Numerical Investigation of Pressure Fluctuation Characteristics in a Centrifugal Pump with Variable Axial Clearance Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:50:21 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/9306314/ Clearance flows in the sidewall gaps of centrifugal pumps are unsteady as well as main flows in the volute casing and impeller, which may cause vibration and noise, and the corresponding pressure fluctuations are related to the axial clearance size. In this paper, unsteady numerical simulations were conducted to predict the unsteady flows within the entire flow passage of a centrifugal pump operating in the design condition. Pressure fluctuation characteristics in the volute casing, impeller, and sidewall gaps were investigated with three axial clearance sizes. Results show that an axial clearance variation affects the pressure fluctuation characteristics in each flow domain by different degree. The greatest pressure fluctuation occurs at the blade pressure surface and is almost not influenced by the axial clearance variation which has a certainly effect on the pressure fluctuation characteristics around the tongue. The maximum pressure fluctuation amplitude in the sidewall gaps is larger than that in the volute casing, and different spectrum characteristics show up in the three models due to the interaction between the clearance flow and the main flow as well as the rotor-stator interaction. Therefore, clearance flow should be taken into consideration in the hydraulic design of centrifugal pumps. Lei Cao, Zhengwei Wang, Yexiang Xiao, and Yongyao Luo Copyright © 2016 Lei Cao et al. All rights reserved. Genetic Algorithm Optimization of the Volute Shape of a Centrifugal Compressor Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:08:32 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/4849025/ A numerical model for the genetic optimization of the volute of a centrifugal compressor for light commercial vehicles is presented. The volute cross-sectional shape is represented by cubic B-splines and its control points are used as design variables. The goal of the global optimization is to maximize the average compressor isentropic efficiency and total pressure ratio at design speed and four operating points. The numerical model consists of a density-based solver in combination with the SST - turbulence model with rotation/curvature correction and the multiple reference frame approach. The initial validation shows a good agreement between the numerical model and test bench measurements. As a result of the optimization, the average total pressure rise and efficiency are increased by over compared to the initial designs of the optimization, while the maximum efficiency rise is nearly 2.5% at  kg/s. Martin Heinrich and Rüdiger Schwarze Copyright © 2016 Martin Heinrich and Rüdiger Schwarze. All rights reserved. Stall Margin Improvement in a Centrifugal Compressor through Inducer Casing Treatment Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:42:34 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/2371524/ The increasing trend of high stage pressure ratio with increased aerodynamic loading has led to reduction in stable operating range of centrifugal compressors with stall and surge initiating at relatively higher mass flow rates. The casing treatment technique of stall control is found to be effective in axial compressors, but very limited research work is published on the application of this technique in centrifugal compressors. Present research was aimed to investigate the effect of casing treatment on the performance and stall margin of a high speed, 4 : 1 pressure ratio centrifugal compressor through numerical simulations using ANSYS CFX software. Three casing treatment configurations were developed and incorporated in the shroud over the inducer of the impeller. The predicted performance of baseline compressor (without casing treatment) was in good agreement with published experimental data. The compressor with different inducer casing treatment geometries showed varying levels of stall margin improvement, up to a maximum of 18%. While the peak efficiency of the compressor with casing treatment dropped by 0.8%–1% compared to the baseline compressor, the choke mass flow rate was improved by 9.5%, thus enhancing the total stable operating range. The inlet configuration of the casing treatment was found to play an important role in stall margin improvement. V. V. N. K. Satish Koyyalamudi and Quamber H. Nagpurwala Copyright © 2016 V. V. N. K. Satish Koyyalamudi and Quamber H. Nagpurwala. All rights reserved. Optimal Design and Acoustic Assessment of Low-Vibration Rotor Blades Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:54:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/1302564/ An optimal procedure for the design of rotor blade that generates low vibratory hub loads in nonaxial flow conditions is presented and applied to a helicopter rotor in forward flight, a condition where vibrations and noise become severe. Blade shape and structural properties are the design parameters to be identified within a binary genetic optimization algorithm under aeroelastic stability constraint. The process exploits an aeroelastic solver that is based on a nonlinear, beam-like model, suited for the analysis of arbitrary curved-elastic-axis blades, with the introduction of a surrogate wake inflow model for the analysis of sectional aerodynamic loads. Numerical results are presented to demonstrate the capability of the proposed approach to identify low vibratory hub loads rotor blades as well as to assess the robustness of solution at off-design operating conditions. Further, the aeroacoustic assessment of the rotor configurations determined is carried out in order to examine the impact of low-vibration blade design on the emitted noise field. G. Bernardini, E. Piccione, A. Anobile, J. Serafini, and M. Gennaretti Copyright © 2016 G. Bernardini et al. All rights reserved. Full-Vector Signal Acquisition and Information Fusion for the Fault Prediction Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:50:22 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5980802/ Fault prediction is the key technology of the predictive maintenance. Currently, researches on fault prediction are mainly focused on the evaluation of the intensities of the failure and the remaining life of the machine. There is lack of methods on the prediction of fault locations and fault characters. To satisfy the requirement of the prediction of the fault characters, the data acquisition and fusion strategies were studied. Firstly, the traditional vibration measurement mechanism and its disadvantages were presented. Then, the full-vector data acquisition and fusion model were proposed. After that, the sampling procedure and information fusion algorithm were analyzed. At last, the fault prediction method based on full-vector spectrum was proposed. The methodology is that of Dr. Bently and Dr. Muszynska. On the basis of this methodology, the application study has been carried out. The uncertainty of the spectrum structure can be eliminated by the designed data acquisition and fusion method. The reliability of the diagnosis on fault character was improved. The study on full-vector data acquisition system laid the technical foundation for the prediction and diagnosis research of the fault characters. Lei Chen, Jie Han, Wenping Lei, Yongxiang Cui, and Zhenhong Guan Copyright © 2016 Lei Chen et al. All rights reserved. The Three-Dimensional Velocity Distribution of Wide Gap Taylor-Couette Flow Modelled by CFD Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:04:58 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/8584067/ A numerical investigation is conducted for the flow between two concentric cylinders with a wide gap, relevant to bearing chamber applications. This wide gap configuration has received comparatively less attention than narrow gap journal bearing type geometries. The flow in the gap between an inner rotating cylinder and an outer stationary cylinder has been modelled as an incompressible flow using an implicit finite volume RANS scheme with the realisable model. The model flow is above the critical Taylor number at which axisymmetric counterrotating Taylor vortices are formed. The tangential velocity profiles at all axial locations are different from typical journal bearing applications, where the velocity profiles are quasilinear. The predicted results led to two significant findings of impact in rotating machinery operations. Firstly, the axial variation of the tangential velocity gradient induces an axially varying shear stress, resulting in local bands of enhanced work input to the working fluid. This is likely to cause unwanted heat transfer on the surface in high torque turbomachinery applications. Secondly, the radial inflow at the axial end-wall boundaries is likely to promote the transport of debris to the junction between the end-collar and the rotating cylinder, causing the build-up of fouling in the seal. David Shina Adebayo and Aldo Rona Copyright © 2016 David Shina Adebayo and Aldo Rona. All rights reserved. Flow Pattern Analysis and Performance Improvement of Regenerative Flow Pump Using Blade Geometry Modification Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:13:29 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/8628467/ Regenerative pump is a low specific speed and rotor-dynamic turbomachine capable of developing high heads at low flow rates. In this paper, a numerical study has been carried out in order to investigate the effect of blade angle on the performance of a regenerative pump. Two groups of impellers were employed. The first type has symmetric angle blades with identical inlet/outlet angles of ±10°, ±30°, and ±50° and the second group has nonsymmetric angle blades in which the inlet angle was set to 0° and six different angles of ±10°, ±30°, and ±50° were designed for the outlet of the blades. A total of 12 impellers, as well as primary radial blades impeller, were investigated in this study. The results showed that all forward blades have higher head coefficients than radial blades impeller at design flow coefficient. It was found that regenerative pumps with symmetric angle forward blades have better performance than other types. Also, it is worth mentioning that the highest head coefficient and efficiency occur at angle of symmetric angle blades. It was found that the maximum efficiency occurs at angle of +15.5° by curve fitting to the data obtained from numerical simulations for symmetric angle forward blades. J. Nejadrajabali, A. Riasi, and S. A. Nourbakhsh Copyright © 2016 J. Nejadrajabali et al. All rights reserved. Study of High Efficiency Flow Regulation of VIGV in Centrifugal Compressor Sun, 28 Feb 2016 07:26:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/6097823/ Variable inlet guide vane (VIGV) is used to control the mass flow and generate prewhirl in centrifugal compressors. Due to the tip clearance of the guide vanes and the defect of the traditional guide vane profiles, the mass flow regulation of VIGV is limited, resulting in a large waste of compressed gas. Two kinds of inlet flow channels were proposed to eliminate the influence of tip clearance. These structures were numerically investigated at different setting angles. The results show that the improved channels not only expand the range of mass flow regulation, but also reduce the power and increase the efficiency of the compressor. Ten kinds of guide vane profiles, including different thickness distribution, camber line profile, were selected to compare with the original one and with each other. In the premise of ensuring the performance of compressor, the best guide vane profile was selected. The results show that reducing the guide vane thickness, increasing the guide vane camber angle, and increasing the distance between the maximum camber position and the leading edge of guide vane can help expand the range of mass flow regulation. The achievement of this research can effectively improve the flow regulation ability of VIGV and the performance of compressor. Chunjun Ji, Qi Sun, Zhaoyang Fan, Yawei Gao, and Baode Zhao Copyright © 2016 Chunjun Ji et al. All rights reserved. Low-Cost Rotating Experimentation in Compressor Aerodynamics Using Rapid Prototyping Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:27:44 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/8518904/ With the rapid evolution of additive manufacturing, 3D printed parts are no longer limited to display purposes but can also be used in structural applications. The objective of this paper is to show that 3D prototyping can be used to produce low-cost rotating turbomachinery rigs capable of carrying out detailed flow measurements that can be used, among other things, for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code validation. A fully instrumented polymer two-stage axial-mixed flow compressor test rig was designed and fabricated with stereolithography (SLA) technology by a team of undergraduate students as part of a senior-year design course. Experiments were subsequently performed on this rig to obtain both the overall pressure rise characteristics of the compressor and the stagnation pressure distributions downstream of the blade rows for comparison with CFD simulations. In doing so, this work provides a first-of-a-kind assessment of the use of polymer additive technology for low-cost rotating turbomachinery experimentation with detailed measurements. Mathias Michaud, Petro Jr. Milan, and Huu Duc Vo Copyright © 2016 Mathias Michaud et al. All rights reserved. Optimum Power Output Control of a Wind Turbine Rotor Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:43:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/6935164/ An active and optimum controller is applied to regulate the power output from a wind turbine rotor. The controller is synthesized in two steps. The first step defines the equilibrium operation point and ensures that the desired equilibrium point is stable. The stability of the equilibrium point is guaranteed by a control law that is synthesized by applying the methodology of model predictive control (MPC). The method of controlling the turbine involves pitching the turbine blades. In the second step the blade pitch angle demand is defined. This involves minimizing the mean square error between the actual and desired power coefficient. The actual power coefficient of the wind turbine rotor is evaluated assuming that the blade is capable of stalling, using blade element momentum theory. This ensures that the power output of the rotor can be reduced to any desired value which is generally not possible unless a nonlinear stall model is introduced to evaluate the blade profile coefficients of lift and drag. The relatively simple and systematic nonlinear modelling and MPC controller synthesis approach adopted in this paper clearly highlights the main features on the controller that is capable of regulating the power output of the wind turbine rotor. S. Wijewardana, M. H. Shaheed, and R. Vepa Copyright © 2016 S. Wijewardana et al. All rights reserved. Exergy Analysis of the Revolving Vane Compressed Air Engine Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:21:18 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5018467/ Exergy analysis was applied to a revolving vane compressed air engine. The engine had a swept volume of 30 cm3. At the benchmark conditions, the suction pressure was 8 bar, the discharge pressure was 1 bar, and the operating speed was 3,000 rev·min−1. It was found that the engine had a second-law efficiency of 29.6% at the benchmark conditions. The contributors of exergy loss were friction (49%), throttling (38%), heat transfer (12%), and fluid mixing (1%). A parametric study was also conducted. The parameters to be examined were suction reservoir pressure (4 to 12 bar), operating speed (2,400 to 3,600 rev·min−1), and rotational cylinder inertia (0.94 to 2.81 g·mm2). The study found that a higher suction reservoir pressure initially increased the second-law efficiency but then plateaued at about 30%. With a higher operating speed and a higher cylinder inertia, second-law efficiency decreased. As compared to suction pressure and operating speed, cylinder inertia is the most practical and significant to be modified. Alison Subiantoro, Kin Keong Wong, and Kim Tiow Ooi Copyright © 2016 Alison Subiantoro et al. All rights reserved. Analysis and Simulation on UMP and EMT Characters of Turbogenerator under Axial Air-Gap Eccentricity Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:24:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/825835/ The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of the axial air-gap eccentricity (AAGE) on the electromagnetic characters such as the axial unbalanced magnetic pull (UMP) and the electromagnetic torque (EMT). Firstly, the theoretical model of AAGE is set up, and the formulas of the axial UMP and EMT are deduced. Then the simulation study of a SDF-9 nonsalient pole synchronous generator is taken with Ansoft Maxwell to calculate the detailed axial UMPs and EMTs under normal condition and five AAGE conditions, respectively, with 2 mm to 10 mm rotor displacements. It is shown that an apparent axial UMP will be produced due to AAGE, while EMT and the phase current will be decreased. In addition, the magnetic flux density (MFD) on the stator end and the rotor end, which are more far from the center position of the stator core in the axial direction, will be decreased, while the MFD on the other ends will be generally kept stable. As AAGE develops, the axial UMP will be increased, while EMT and the phase current will be decreased. The proposed work offers a reference for the fault diagnosis and monitoring on AAGE. Yu-Ling He, Wei-Qi Deng, and Gui-Ji Tang Copyright © 2015 Yu-Ling He et al. All rights reserved. Flow Modeling in Pelton Turbines by an Accurate Eulerian and a Fast Lagrangian Evaluation Method Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:55:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/679576/ The recent development of CFD has allowed the flow modeling in impulse hydro turbines that includes complex phenomena like free surface flow, multifluid interaction, and unsteady, time dependent flow. Some commercial and open-source CFD codes, which implement Eulerian methods, have been validated against experimental results showing satisfactory accuracy. Nevertheless, further improvement of accuracy is still a challenge, while the computational cost is very high and unaffordable for multiparametric design optimization of the turbine’s runner. In the present work a CFD Eulerian approach is applied at first, in order to simulate the flow in the runner of a Pelton turbine model installed at the laboratory. Then, a particulate method, the Fast Lagrangian Simulation (FLS), is used for the same case, which is much faster and hence potentially suitable for numerical design optimization, providing that it can achieve adequate accuracy. The results of both methods for various turbine operation conditions, as also for modified runner and bucket designs, are presented and discussed in the paper. In all examined cases the FLS method shows very good accuracy in predicting the hydraulic efficiency of the runner, although the computed flow evolution and the torque curve exhibit some systematic differences from the Eulerian results. A. Panagiotopoulos, A. Židonis, G. A. Aggidis, J. S. Anagnostopoulos, and D. E. Papantonis Copyright © 2015 A. Panagiotopoulos et al. All rights reserved. Dynamic Characteristics Analysis of the Coupled Lateral-Torsional Vibration with Spur Gear System Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:57:43 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/371408/ A sixteen-degree-of-freedom (16-DOF) lumped parameter dynamic model taking into account the gravity, eccentricity, bearing clearance, transmission error, and coupled lateral-torsional vibration is established. Based on the dynamical equation, the dynamic behaviors of the spur gear rotor bearing system are investigated by using Runge-Kutta method. The research focuses on the effect of rotational speed, eccentricity, and bearing clearance and nonlinear response of the coupled multibody dynamics is presented by vibration waveform, spectrum, and 3D frequency spectrum. The results show that the rotational frequency of the driven gear appears in the driving gear, and the dynamic characteristics of gears have obvious differences due to the effects of the gear assembly and the coupled lateral-torsional vibration. The bearing has its own resonance frequency, and the effect of the variable stiffness frequency of the bearings should be avoided during the system design. The results presented in this paper show an analysis of the coupled lateral-torsional vibration of the spur gear system. The study may contribute to a further understanding of the dynamic characteristics of such a spur gear rotor bearing system. Shihua Zhou, Zhaohui Ren, Guiqiu Song, and Bangchun Wen Copyright © 2015 Shihua Zhou et al. All rights reserved. Experimental Investigation of Stall Inception Mechanisms of Low Speed Contra Rotating Axial Flow Fan Stage Wed, 04 Nov 2015 06:33:23 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/641601/ The present paper is an attempt in understanding the stall inception mechanism in a low speed, contra rotating axial flow fan stage, using wavelet transforms. The rotors used in this study have relatively large tip gap (about 3% of the blade span) and aspect ratio of 3. The study was carried out near stall and at stall mass flow conditions for different speed ratios of rotor-2 to rotor-1. Unsteady pressure data from the casing wall mounted sensors are used to understand the stall inception mechanism. The wavelet transform clearly indicates that stall inception occurs mainly through long length scale disturbances for both rotors. It also reveals that short length disturbances occur simultaneously or intermittently in the case of rotor-1. The analysis shows the presence of a strong modal disturbance with 25–80% of the rotor frequency in the case of rotor-1 at the stall mass flow for all the speed combinations studied. The most interesting thing observed in the present study is that the frequency amplitude of the disturbance level is very small for both rotors. Tegegn Dejene Toge and A. M. Pradeep Copyright © 2015 Tegegn Dejene Toge and A. M. Pradeep. All rights reserved. Rotor-System Log-Decrement Identification Using Short-Time Fourier-Transform Filter Sun, 01 Nov 2015 07:22:23 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/809785/ With the increase of the centrifugal compressor capability, such as large scale LNG and CO2 reinjection, the stability margin evaluation is crucial to assure the compressor work in the designed operating conditions in field. Improving the precision of parameter identification of stability is essential and necessary as well. Based on the time-varying characteristics of response vibration during the sine-swept process, a short-time Fourier transform (STFT) filter was introduced to increase the signal-noise ratio and improve the accuracy of the estimated stability parameters. A finite element model was established to simulate the sine-swept process, and the simulated vibration signals were used to study the filtering effect and demonstrate the feasibility to identify the stability parameters by using Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output system identification method that combines the prediction error method and instrumental variable method. Simulation results show that the identification method with STFT filter improves the estimated accuracy much well and makes the curves of frequency response function clearer. Experiment was carried out on a test rig as well, which indicates the identification method is feasible in stability identification, and the results of experiment indicate that STFT filter works very well. Qihang Li, Weimin Wang, Lifang Chen, and Dan Sun Copyright © 2015 Qihang Li et al. All rights reserved. Design of a PID Controller for a Linearized Magnetic Bearing Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:25:43 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/656749/ This paper presents the study of magnetic bearings regarding a linear model. Initially, the advantages of magnetic bearings are referenced, in relation to the existing technology. Subsequently, the linearized model of the system is presented and the need for closed loop and control of the system is clarified. This need leads to further analysis of linear controllers like P, I, D, PI, PD, and PID. For each of them, the stability of closed loop system is studied, using the characteristic equation of the system and the Routh-Hurwitz criterion. To this end, the boundary conditions for the existence of the stability of each of them are found and presented. After finding the controllers’ characteristic parameters which could provide stability to the system, simulation tests with existence of white noise follow. Finally, the proposed PID controller performance is examined, based on existing laboratory data, and results concerning the stability of this controller are presented. Theodore K. Psonis, Pantelis G. Nikolakopoulos, and Epaminondas Mitronikas Copyright © 2015 Theodore K. Psonis et al. All rights reserved. Effect of Partial Span Aspiration on the Performance of a Transonic Axial Compressor Rotor: A Numerical Study Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:49:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/761918/ Aspiration in an axial compressor is normally regarded as sucking out the low momentum boundary layer from blade suction surface, thus lowering the chances of flow separation and consequently that of stall under off-design operation. However, the suction mass flow does not take part in useful work and leads to loss of engine power output. This paper deals with a new concept of natural aspiration to energize blade suction surface boundary layer by injecting some fluid from pressure to suction side through a part span slot on the blade. The energized boundary layer has lesser tendency to separate, thus enhancing stall margin. Numerical simulations were carried out to study the effect of aspiration slot location and geometry on the performance and stall margin of a transonic axial compressor rotor. The computational results without aspiration slot were in fair agreement with the published experimental data. The modified rotor, with part span aspiration, showed ~3.2% improvement in stall margin at design rotational speed. The pressure ratio and efficiency of the aspirated rotor dropped by ~1.42% and ~2.0%, respectively, whereas the structural analysis did not indicate any adverse effect on the blade stress distribution in the presence of aspiration slot. Vijaykumar Jain, Quamber H. Nagpurwala, and Abdul Nassar Copyright © 2015 Vijaykumar Jain et al. All rights reserved. Mathematical and Finite Element Modeling of Micro-Modification for Marine Gear Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:09:33 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/902941/ Based on the computer simulation technique, this paper used the professional gear design software MASTA and finite element software ANSYS combined with the method of gear micro-modification to redesign the gear profile and eventually realized the optimization design of gear micro-modification. Then the gear transmission model of one-level reducer was established to simulate and analyze the contact equivalent stress, transmission error, and meshing impact before and after gear modification. By comparing the simulations results it is found that gear micro-modification can lower meshing impact load, reduce the vibration strength, make gear transmission steady, and improve the gear bearing capacity. By comparing the transmission error curves and meshing impact load curves before and after gear micro-modification, this helps to understand the effects of gear micro-modification on the gear transmission and provides basis references for the future redesign of the marine gears with high strength and long service life. Xiongxi Wu, Qifeng Gao, and Zesong Li Copyright © 2015 Xiongxi Wu et al. All rights reserved. Effect of Reynolds Number on Aerodynamics of Airfoil with Gurney Flap Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:08:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/628632/ Steady state, two-dimensional computational investigations performed on NACA 0012 airfoil to analyze the effect of variation in Reynolds number on the aerodynamics of the airfoil without and with a Gurney flap of height of 3% chord are presented in this paper. RANS based one-equation Spalart-Allmaras model is used for the computations. Both lift and drag coefficients increase with Gurney flap compared to those without Gurney flap at all Reynolds numbers at all angles of attack. The zero lift angle of attack seems to become more negative as Reynolds number increases due to effective increase of the airfoil camber. However the stall angle of attack decreased by 2° for the airfoil with Gurney flap. Lift coefficient decreases rapidly and drag coefficient increases rapidly when Reynolds number is decreased below critical range. This occurs due to change in flow pattern near Gurney flap at low Reynolds numbers. Shubham Jain, Nekkanti Sitaram, and Sriram Krishnaswamy Copyright © 2015 Shubham Jain et al. All rights reserved. Component Analysis of Unsteady Hydrodynamic Force of Closed-Type Centrifugal Pump with Single Blades of Different Blade Outlet Angles Sun, 09 Aug 2015 08:35:07 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/419736/ Single-blade centrifugal impellers for sewage systems undergo both unsteady radial and axial thrusts. Therefore, it is extremely important for the improvement of pump reliability to quantitatively grasp these fluctuating hydrodynamic forces and determine the generation mechanism behind them. In this study, we conducted component analyses of radial and axial thrusts of closed, single-blade centrifugal pumps with different blade outlet angles by numerical analysis while considering leakage flow. The results revealed the effect of the blade outlet angle on the components of radial and axial thrusts. For increased flow rates, the time-averaged values of the pressure component were similar for all impellers, although its fluctuating components were higher for impellers with larger blade outlet angles. Moreover, the fluctuating inertia component of the impeller with a blade outlet angle of 8° decreased as the flow rate increased, whereas those with 16° and 24° angles increased. Therefore, the radial thrust on the hydraulic part was significantly higher for impellers with high blade outlet angles. Yasuyuki Nishi and Junichiro Fukutomi Copyright © 2015 Yasuyuki Nishi and Junichiro Fukutomi. All rights reserved. The Dynamic Analysis of Two-Rotor Three-Bearing System Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:32:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/342636/ A finite element model considering the shear effect and gyroscopic effect is developed to study the linear and nonlinear dynamic behavior of two-rotor three-bearing system named N+1 configuration with rub-impact in this paper. The influence of rotational speed, eccentric condition, and the stiffness of coupling on the dynamic behavior of N+1 configuration and the propagation of motion are discussed in detail. The linear rotordynamic analysis included an evaluation of rotor critical speed and unbalance response. The results show that the critical speed and unbalance response of rotors are sensitive to coupling stiffness in N+1 configuration. In the nonlinear analysis, bifurcation diagram, shaft-center trajectory, amplitude spectrum, and Poincaré map are used to analyze the dynamic behavior of the system. The results of the research transpire that these parameters have the great effects on the dynamic behavior of the system. The response of the system with rub-impact shows abundant nonlinear phenomena. The system will exhibit synchronous periodic motion, multiperiodic motion, quasiperiodic motion, and chaotic motion patterns under rotor-stator rub interaction conditions. The dynamic response is more complicated for flexible coupling and two mass eccentricities than that of system with rigid coupling and one mass eccentricity. Jianfei Yao, Jinji Gao, Ya Zhang, and Weimin Wang Copyright © 2015 Jianfei Yao et al. All rights reserved. Study on an Undershot Cross-Flow Water Turbine with Straight Blades Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:41:43 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/817926/ Small-scale hydroelectric power generation has recently attracted considerable attention. The authors previously proposed an undershot cross-flow water turbine with a very low head suitable for application to open channels. The water turbine was of a cross-flow type and could be used in open channels with the undershot method, remarkably simplifying its design by eliminating guide vanes and the casing. The water turbine was fitted with curved blades (such as the runners of a typical cross-flow water turbine) installed in tube channels. However, there was ambiguity as to how the blades’ shape influenced the turbine’s performance and flow field. To resolve this issue, the present study applies straight blades to an undershot cross-flow water turbine and examines the performance and flow field via experiments and numerical analyses. Results reveal that the output power and the turbine efficiency of the Straight Blades runner were greater than those of the Curved Blades runner regardless of the rotational speed. Compared with the Curved Blades runner, the output power and the turbine efficiency of the Straight Blades runner were improved by about 31.7% and about 67.1%, respectively. Yasuyuki Nishi, Terumi Inagaki, Yanrong Li, and Kentaro Hatano Copyright © 2015 Yasuyuki Nishi et al. All rights reserved. Simulation of a Centrifugal Pump by Using the Harmonic Balance Method Thu, 21 May 2015 11:08:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/729140/ The harmonic balance method was used for the flow simulation in a centrifugal pump. Independence studies have been done to choose proper number of harmonic modes and inlet eddy viscosity ratio value. The results from harmonic balance method show good agreements with PIV experiments and unsteady calculation results (which is based on the dual time stepping method) for the predicted head and the phase-averaged velocity. A detailed analysis of the flow fields at different flow rates shows that the flow rate has an evident influence on the flow fields. At 0.6, some vortices begin to appear in the impeller, and at 0.4 some vortices have blocked the flow passage. The flow fields at different positions at 0.6 and 0.4 show how the complicated flow phenomena are forming, developing, and even disappearing. The harmonic balance method can be used for the flow simulation in pumps, showing the same accuracy as unsteady methods, but is considerably faster. Franco Magagnato and Jinfeng Zhang Copyright © 2015 Franco Magagnato and Jinfeng Zhang. All rights reserved. Establishment of Approximate Analytical Model of Oil Film Force for Finite Length Tilting Pad Journal Bearings Wed, 20 May 2015 16:39:53 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2015/531209/ Tilting pad bearings offer unique dynamic stability enabling successful deployment of high-speed rotating machinery. The model of dynamic stiffness, damping, and added mass coefficients is often used for rotordynamic analyses, and this method does not suffice to describe the dynamic behaviour due to the nonlinear effects of oil film force under larger shaft vibration or vertical rotor conditions. The objective of this paper is to present a nonlinear oil force model for finite length tilting pad journal bearings. An approximate analytic oil film force model was established by analysing the dynamic characteristic of oil film of a single pad journal bearing using variable separation method under the dynamic oil film boundary condition. And an oil film force model of a four-tilting-pad journal bearing was established by using the pad assembly technique and considering pad tilting angle. The validity of the model established was proved by analyzing the distribution of oil film pressure and the locus of journal centre for tilting pad journal bearings and by comparing the model established in this paper with the model established using finite difference method. Yongliang Wang, Yu Gao, Ying Cui, and Zhansheng Liu Copyright © 2015 Yongliang Wang et al. All rights reserved.