International Journal of Rotating Machinery http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. The Design Method of Axial Flow Runners Focusing on Axial Flow Velocity Uniformization and Its Application to an Ultra-Small Axial Flow Hydraulic Turbine Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:09:09 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5390360/ We proposed a portable and ultra-small axial flow hydraulic turbine that can generate electric power comparatively easily using the low head of open channels such as existing pipe conduits or small rivers. In addition, we proposed a simple design method for axial flow runners in combination with the conventional one-dimensional design method and the design method of axial flow velocity uniformization, with the support of three-dimensional flow analysis. Applying our design method to the runner of an ultra-small axial flow hydraulic turbine, the performance and internal flow of the designed runner were investigated using CFD analysis and experiment (performance test and PIV measurement). As a result, the runners designed with our design method were significantly improved in turbine efficiency compared to the original runner. Specifically, in the experiment, a new design of the runner achieved a turbine efficiency of 0.768. This reason was that the axial component of absolute velocity of the new design of the runner was relatively uniform at the runner outlet in comparison with that of the original runner, and as a result, the negative rotational flow was improved. Thus, the validity of our design method has been verified. Yasuyuki Nishi, Yutaka Kobayashi, Terumi Inagaki, and Norio Kikuchi Copyright © 2016 Yasuyuki Nishi et al. All rights reserved. Effect of Impeller Inlet Geometry on Cavitation Performance of Centrifugal Pumps Based on Radial Basis Function Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:30:25 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/6048263/ Aiming at the cavitation problem, the blade leading edge shape has been changed to analyze its impact on the cavitation performance for centrifugal pumps. And the response model has been established based on the Radial Basis Function. The calculation case results show that the leading edge extending forward along the shroud can improve the inlet flow condition and cavitation performance. But the cavitation performance has been reduced immensely when the leading edge extends backward along the shroud. Along with the leading edge which extends forward along the hub, the cavitation performance increases at first and then decreases. A better cavitation performance for centrifugal pumps has lower load of blade inlet and higher pressure of blade suction side. The pressure pulsation is affected by the vortex out of the impeller and the falling-off and collapsing of the cavitation bubbles. The lower the pressure pulsation for blade passing frequency and the second harmonics of the samples is, the better the cavitation performance is. A relatively accurate response model based on the Radial Basis Function has been established to predict the effect of the shape of blade leading edge on the cavitation performance of centrifugal pumps. Shuwei Zhang, Renhui Zhang, Sidai Zhang, and Junhu Yang Copyright © 2016 Shuwei Zhang et al. All rights reserved. Study on Hydraulic Performances of a 3-Bladed Inducer Based on Different Numerical and Experimental Methods Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:43:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/4267429/ The hydraulic performances of a 3-bladed inducer, designed at Alta, Pisa, Italy, are investigated both experimentally and numerically. The 3D numerical model developed in ANSYS CFX to simulate the flow through the inducer and different lengths of its inlet/outlet ducts is illustrated. The influence of the inlet/outlet boundary conditions, of the turbulence models, and of the location of inlet/outlet different pressure taps on the evaluation of the hydraulic performance of the inducer is analyzed. As expected, the predicted hydraulic performance of the inducer is significantly affected by the lengths of the inlet/outlet duct portions included in the computations, as well as by the turbulent flow model and the locations of the inlet/outlet pressure taps. It is slightly affected by the computational boundary conditions and better agreement with the test data obtained when adopting the turbulence model. From the point of the pressure tap locations, the pressure rise coefficient is much higher when the inlet/outlet static pressure taps were chosen in the same locations used in the experiments. Yanxia Fu, Yujiang Fang, Jiangping Yuan, Shouqi Yuan, Giovanni Pace, and Luca Dagostino Copyright © 2016 Yanxia Fu et al. All rights reserved. An Effective Gear Fault Diagnosis Method Based on Singular Value Decomposition and Frequency Slice Wavelet Transform Wed, 05 Oct 2016 06:16:59 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/7458956/ The ability of the frequency slice wavelet transform (FSWT) to distinguish the fault feature is weak under the condition of strong background noise; in order to solve this problem, a fault feature extraction method combining the singular value decomposition (SVD) and FSWT was proposed. Firstly, the Hankel matrix was constructed using SVD, based on which the SVD order was determined according to the principle of the single side maximum value. Then, the denoised signal was further processed by the FSWT to obtain the time-frequency spectrum of the passband. Finally, the detailed analysis was carried out in the time-frequency area with concentrated energy, and the signal was reconstructed by the inverse-FSWT. The processing effect for the pitting corrosion and the tooth broken faults of the gears shows that the faulty feature can be extracted effectively from the envelope spectrum of the reconstructed signal, which means the proposed method is able to help obtain a qualified result and has the potential to be carried out for the practical engineering application. Fu-Cheng Zhou, Gui-Ji Tang, and Yu-Ling He Copyright © 2016 Fu-Cheng Zhou et al. All rights reserved. An Investigation on the Dynamics of High-Speed Systems Using Nonlinear Analytical Floating Ring Bearing Models Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:17:49 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/7817134/ The scope of this paper is to investigate the dynamics of a rotor-bearing system of high-speed under recently developed analytical bearing models. The development of a theory that can yield the dynamic response of a high-speed system without short/long bearing approximation and without time-consuming numerical methods for the finite-length bearing model is the outcome of this work. The rotor system is introduced as a rigid body so that the dynamics of the system are influenced only from the nonlinear bearing forces which are introduced with closed form expressions. The outcome is a system of nonlinear equations and its solution produces the dynamic response of the high-speed system using exact analytical solution for the bearing forces. The transient dynamic response of the system is evaluated through the wide range of rotating speed and under different bearing solutions including short bearing approximation, presenting the subsynchronous components that are developed when instabilities occur. Time-frequency analysis of the resulting response time-series is presented and the outcome is compared with that obtained from numerical solution of the bearing lubrication and with the short bearing approximation model. Athanasios Chasalevris Copyright © 2016 Athanasios Chasalevris. All rights reserved. Influence of Turbulence Model for Wind Turbine Simulation in Low Reynolds Number Mon, 05 Sep 2016 13:07:48 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/8072078/ In designing a wind turbine, the validation of the mathematical model’s result is normally carried out by comparison with wind tunnel experiment data. However, the Reynolds number of the wind tunnel experiment is low, and the flow does not match fully developed turbulence on the leading edge of a wind turbine blade. Therefore, the transition area from laminar to turbulent flow becomes wide under these conditions, and the separation point is difficult to predict using turbulence models. The prediction precision decreases dramatically when working with tip speed ratios less than the maximum power point. This study carries out a steadiness calculation with turbulence model and an unsteadiness calculation with laminar model for a three-blade horizontal axis wind turbine. The validation of the calculations is performed by comparing with experimental results. The power coefficients calculated without turbulence models are in agreement with the experimental data for a tip speed ratio greater than 5. Masami Suzuki Copyright © 2016 Masami Suzuki. All rights reserved. Rolling Bearing Degradation State Identification Based on LPP Optimized by GA Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:32:15 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/9281098/ In view of the problem that the actual degradation status of rolling bearing has a poor distinguishing characteristic and strong fuzziness, a rolling bearing degradation state identification method based on multidomain feature fusion and dimension reduction of manifold learning combined with GG clustering is proposed. Firstly, the rolling bearing all-life data is preprocessed by local characteristic-scale decomposition (LCD) and six typical features including relative energy spectrum entropy (LREE), relative singular spectrum entropy (LRSE), two-element multiscale entropy (TMSE), standard deviation (STD), RMS, and root-square amplitude (XR) are extracted and compose the original multidomain feature set. And then, locally preserving projection (LPP) is utilized to reduce dimension of original fusion feature set and genetic algorithm is applied to optimize the process of feature fusion. Finally, fuzzy recognition of rolling bearing degradation state is carried out by GG clustering and the principle of maximum membership degree and excellent performance of the proposed method is validated by comparing the recognition accuracy of LPP and GA-LPP. He Yu, Hong-ru Li, Zai-ke Tian, and Wei-guo Wang Copyright © 2016 He Yu et al. All rights reserved. A Wave Energy Extraction System in Experimental Flume Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:47:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/2573174/ Ocean wave energy is a high energy density and renewable resource. High power conversion rate is an advantage of linear generators to be the competitive candidates for ocean wave energy extraction system. In this paper, the feasibility of a wave energy extraction system by linear generator has been verified in an experimental flume. Besides, the analytical equations of heaving buoy oscillating in vertical direction are proposed, and the analytical equations are proved conveniently. What is more, the active power output of linear generator of wave energy extraction system in experimental flume is presented. The theoretical analysis and experimental results play a significant role for future wave energy extraction system progress in real ocean waves. Qin Guodong, Pang Quanru, and Chen Zhongxian Copyright © 2016 Qin Guodong et al. All rights reserved. Flettner Rotor Concept for Marine Applications: A Systematic Study Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:57:31 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/3458750/ The concept of Flettner rotor, a rotating cylinder immersed in a fluid current, with a top-mounted disk, has been analyzed by means of unsteady Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes simulations, with the aim of creating a suitable tool for the preliminary design of the Flettner rotor as a ship’s auxiliary propulsion system. The simulation has been executed to evaluate the performance sensitivity of the Flettner rotor with respect to systematic variations of several parameters, that is, the spin ratio, the rotor aspect ratio, the effect of the end plates, and their dimensions. The Flettner rotor device has been characterized in terms of lift and drag coefficients, and these data were compared with experimental trends available in literature. A verification study has been conducted in order to evaluate the accuracy of the simulation results and the main sources of numerical uncertainty. All the simulation results were used to achieve a surrogate model of lift and drag coefficients. This model is an effective mathematical tool for the preliminary design of Flettner rotor. Finally, an example of assessment of the Flettner rotor performance as an auxiliary propulsion device on a real tanker ship is reported. A. De Marco, S. Mancini, C. Pensa, G. Calise, and F. De Luca Copyright © 2016 A. De Marco et al. All rights reserved. Extended Calibration Technique of a Four-Hole Probe for Three-Dimensional Flow Measurements Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:33:45 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/5327297/ The present paper reports the development and nonnulling calibration technique to calibrate a cantilever type cylindrical four-hole probe of 2.54 mm diameter to measure three-dimensional flows. The probe is calibrated at a probe Reynolds number of 9525. The probe operative angular range is extended using a zonal method by dividing into three zones, namely, center, left, and right zone. Different calibration coefficients are defined for each zone. The attainable angular range achieved using the zonal method is ±60 degrees in the yaw plane and −50 to +30 degrees in the pitch plane. Sensitivity analysis of all the four calibration coefficients shows that probe pitch sensitivity is lower than the yaw sensitivity in the center zone, and extended left and right zones have lower sensitivity than the center zone. In addition, errors due to the data reduction program for the probe are presented. The errors are found to be reasonably small in all the three zones. However, the errors in the extended left and right zones have slightly larger magnitudes compared to those in the center zone. Suresh Munivenkatareddy and Nekkanti Sitaram Copyright © 2016 Suresh Munivenkatareddy and Nekkanti Sitaram. All rights reserved. The Effect of Viscosity on Performance of a Low Specific Speed Centrifugal Pump Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:52:16 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/3878357/ Centrifugal pump delivery head and flow rate drop effectively during the pumping of viscous fluids. Several methods and correlations have been developed to predict reduction rate in centrifugal pump performance when handling viscous fluids, but their results are not in very good agreement with each other. In this study, a common industrial low specific speed pump, which is extensively used in different applications, is studied. The entire pump, including impeller, volute, pipes, front and rear sidewall gaps, and balance holes, is simulated in Computational Fluid Dynamics and 3D full Navier Stokes equations are solved. CFD results are compared with experimental data such as pump performance curves, static pressure in casing, and disk friction loss. Dimensionless angular velocity and leakage rate are investigated in sidewall gap and efficiency variation due to viscosity is studied. The results demonstrate that the behavior of the fluid in sidewall gap is strictly sensitive to viscosity. Increasing viscosity improves the volumetric efficiency by reducing internal leakage through wear rings and balance holes, causing, however, a significant fall in the disk and overall efficiency. Results lead to some recommendations for designing centrifugal pumps which may be used in transferring viscous fluids. Rouhollah Torabi and Seyyed Ahmad Nourbakhsh Copyright © 2016 Rouhollah Torabi and Seyyed Ahmad Nourbakhsh. All rights reserved. Characterization of a Twin-Entry Radial Turbine under Pulsatile Flow Condition Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:03:50 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/4618298/ In automotive applications radial gas turbines are commonly fitted with a twin-entry volute connected to a divided exhaust manifold, ensuring a better scavenge process owing to less interference between engines’ cylinders. This paper is concerned with the study of the unsteady performances related to the pulsating flows of a twin-entry radial turbine in engine-like conditions and the hysteresis-like behaviour during the pulses period. The results show that the aerodynamic performances deviate noticeably from the steady state and depend mainly on the time shifting between the actual output power and the isentropic power, which is distantly related to the apparent length. The maximum of efficiency and output shaft power are accompanied by low entropy generation through the shroud entry side, and their instantaneous behaviours tend to follow mainly the inlet total pressure curve. As revealed a billow is created by the interaction between the main flow and the infiltrated flow, affecting the flow incidence at rotor entry and producing high losses. Mahfoudh Cerdoun and Adel Ghenaiet Copyright © 2016 Mahfoudh Cerdoun and Adel Ghenaiet. All rights reserved. Simulations of Steady Cavitating Flow in a Small Francis Turbine Sun, 05 Jun 2016 14:14:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/4851454/ The turbulent flow through a small horizontal Francis turbine is solved by means of Ansys-CFX at different operating points, with the determination of the hydrodynamic performance and the best efficiency point. The flow structures at different regimes reveal a large flow eddy in the runner and a swirl in the draft tube. The use of the mixture model for the cavity/liquid two-phase flow allowed studying the influence of cavitation on the hydrodynamic performance and revealed cavitation pockets near the trailing edge of the runner and a cavitation vortex rope in the draft tube. By maintaining a constant dimensionless head and a distributor vane opening while gradually increasing the cavitation number, the output power and efficiency reached a critical point and then had begun to stabilize. The cavitation number corresponding to the safety margin of cavitation is also predicted for this hydraulic turbine. Ahmed Laouari and Adel Ghenaiet Copyright © 2016 Ahmed Laouari and Adel Ghenaiet. All rights reserved. Comparison of Frequency Domain and Time-Domain Methods for Aeromechanical Analysis Mon, 30 May 2016 08:53:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijrm/2016/4293414/ Unsteady flow around an oscillating plate cascade and that through a single compressor rotor subject to vibration have been computationally studied, aimed at examining the predictive ability of two low fidelity frequency methods compared with a high fidelity time-domain solution method for aeroelasticity. The computational solutions demonstrate the capabilities of the frequency domain methods compared with the nonlinear time-domain solution method in capturing small perturbations in the unsteady flow. They also show the great advantage of significant CPU time saving by the frequency methods over the nonlinear time method. Comparisons of two different frequency methods, nonlinear harmonic and phase solution method, show that these methods can produce different results due to the differences in numeric and physical conditioning. The results obtained using phase solutions method are in better agreement with the nonlinear time-domain solution. This is because the same numeric and physical conditioning are used in both the nonlinear time-domain method and phase solution frequency domain method. M. T. Rahmati Copyright © 2016 M. T. Rahmati. 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.