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Lestriez R.,NumIberica | Amet E.,NUMECA International | Tartinville B.,NUMECA International | Hirsch C.,NUMECA International
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science | Year: 2016

This work investigates the use of the non-linear harmonic (NLH) method for a high- head Francis turbine, the Francis99 workshop test case. The NLH method relies on a Fourier decomposition of the unsteady flow components in harmonics of Blade Passing Frequencies (BPF), which are the fundamentals of the periodic disturbances generated by the adjacent blade rows. The unsteady flow solution is obtained by marching in pseudo-time to a steady-state solution of the transport equations associated with the time-mean, the BPFs and their harmonics. Thanks to this transposition into frequency domain, meshing only one blade channel is sufficient, like for a steady flow simulation. Notable benefits in terms of computing costs and engineering time can therefore be obtained compared to classical time marching approach using sliding grid techniques. The method has been applied for three operating points of the Francis99 workshop high-head Francis turbine. Steady and NLH flow simulations have been carried out for these configurations. Impact of the grid size and near-wall refinement is analysed on all operating points for steady simulations and for Best Efficiency Point (BEP) for NLH simulations. Then, NLH results for a selected grid size are compared for the three different operating points, reproducing the tendencies observed in the experiment. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

Horcas S.G.,NUMECA International | Horcas S.G.,University of Mons | Debrabandere F.,NUMECA International | Tartinville B.,NUMECA International | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Fluids and Structures | Year: 2017

In this paper an innovative methodology for the study of horizontal axis wind turbines dynamic aeroelasticity is presented. It can be understood as an extension of the Non-Linear Harmonic (NLH) method, an efficient computational approach for the analysis of unsteady periodic flows. A linearized model of the structure consisting of a set of mode shapes and natural frequencies was included. The aeroelastic equilibrium was ensured through a set of equations linking the structural displacements and the fluid loads for both the time-averaged and the harmonic contributions. First, the developed methodology is tested in the framework of a 2D cylinder mounted on a single degree of freedom elastic system and undergoing Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIV). The results are compared with previous experimental and computational studies, revealing the potential of the method for the prediction of both the shedding frequency and the aeroelastic response. Secondly, the dynamic aeroelasticity of the complete DTU 10MW RWT wind turbine (i.e. including the tower) is assessed. A nominal operating point is studied, and the rotor flexibility is considered via a blade structural model. The results of this Fluid–Structure Interaction (FSI) simulation are compared with two additional computations, both assuming rigid blades, that modeled the isolated DTU 10MW RWT rotor and the complete machine. This allowed to distinguish the impact of the blade flexibility on the rotor performance from the potential effects associated to the presence of the tower. In particular, the consideration of the aeroelasticity led to a decrease of the predicted time-averaged rotor loads and the corresponding amplitudes of oscillation. For its application on the DTU 10MW RWT, the developed methodology was found to be one order of magnitude faster than a standard time marching approach. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Nigro R.,University of Mons | Coussement G.,University of Mons | Wunsch D.,Numeca International | Hirsch C.,Numeca International
AIAA SciTech Forum - 55th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting | Year: 2017

Defining an inverse design problem, which aims at maximizing the manufacturing tolerances while keeping a small variability of the turbomachinery performances, requires methods allowing the propagation of manufacturing uncertainties. Quantification of manufacturing uncertainties requires a large number of correlated uncertainties to represent the manufacturing process. A non-intrusive probabilistic collocation method, in combination with a sparse grid formulation, is applied for a high number of uncertainties and is coupled with a principal component analysis to treat correlated uncertainties. The method is applied to the NASA Rotor 37 with correlated uncertainties on the blade geometry. The correlations are defined by an analytical function and the influence of each parameter of this function is investigated. It is shown that the modification of the amplitude of the variability allows to define an inverse robust design problem. © 2017 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Bruce P.J.K.,University of Cambridge | Bruce P.J.K.,Imperial College London | Babinsky H.,University of Cambridge | Tartinville B.,NUMECA International | And 2 more authors.
AIAA Journal | Year: 2011

An experimental and numerical investigation into transonic shock/boundary-layer interactions in rectangular ducts has been performed. Experiments have shown that flow development in the corners of transonic shock/boundary-layer interactions in confined channels can have a significant impact on the entire flowfield. As shock strength is increased from M∞ = 1:3 to 1.5, the flowfield becomes very slightly asymmetrical. The interaction of corner flows with one another is thought to be a potential cause of this asymmetry. Thus, factors that govern the size of corner interactions (such as interaction strength) and their proximity to one another (such as tunnel aspect ratio) can affect flow symmetry. The results of the computational study show reasonable agreement with experiments, although simulations with particular turbulence models predict highly asymmetrical solutions for flows that were predominantly symmetrical in experiments. These discrepancies are attributed to the tendency of numerical schemes to overprediction corner-interaction size, and this also accounts for why computational fluid dynamics predicts the onset of asymmetry at lower shock strengths than in experiments. The findings of this study highlight the importance of making informed decisions about imposing artificial constraints on symmetry and boundary conditions for internal transonic flows. Future effort into modeling corner flows accurately is required. Copyright © 2011 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Marlier J.,CRYOSTAR France | Barbieux V.,NUMFLO | Tartinville B.,NUMECA International
Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo | Year: 2016

Radial inflow turbines with pivoting stator vanes are known to keep a high level of efficiency over a large flow range. This turbine type maintains a good efficiency level at reduced speed because the turbine wheel is not very sensitive to negative incidence. For these reasons variable geometry radial inflow turbines are used where a large operating map is required. However, it is known from literature that impeller blades undergo significant unsteady aerodynamic forces due to upstream stator vanes, especially with transonic conditions at stator exit, which are quite common for these machines. From a mechanical point of view, the number of stator vanes is therefore crucial since it determines the excitation frequency. Over a large operating map, it is not possible to avoid all eigenmodes. The vane count shall avoid excitation of impeller critical eigenmodes, especially if their mode shape matches. Amongst unsteady phenomena occurring in turbomachinery, rotor/stator interactions are of primary importance. Independently from impeller eigenmodes, this study discusses the unsteady rotating radial load on the impeller that can be generated under specific blade count combinations, for a single stage radial inflow turbine. This radial load can indeed be large and impact the rotordynamics. The rotating frequency of the load is given by Tyler-Sofrin theory. In order to compute its amplitude, unsteady CFD is performed, with the use of the non-linear harmonic method implemented into FINE™/Turbo software from NUMECA. The effects of the fluid, of the operating conditions and of the rotational speed are also quantified. Under specific conditions, resonance may occur and is discussed. Copyright © 2016 by ASME.

di Francescantonio P.,STS Inc | Ferrante P.,NUMECA International | Deconinck T.,NUMECA International | Hirsch C.,NUMECA International
19th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference | Year: 2013

The application of synthetic turbulence reconstruction models for flow noise prediction is quite attractive from an industrial point of view due to the limited resource required, but up to now it has not been widely adopted due to a lack of confidence in the results that could be obtained. The SNGR method is therefore analyzed performing some convergence tests that shows how the main source of problems seems to be related to the lack of converge when the maximum wavenumber is increased. A physical reason for this lack of convergence is identified in the fact that the SNGR method does not model the continuous energy transfer typical of turbulence cascade and this is particular relevant for sound radiation since the energy transfer process greatly reduces the time correlation of turbulent structures. A modified formulation called DSNG (Damped Stochastic Noise generation) is introduced to solve this problem, and is implemented in the Fine/Acoustic code. Convergence tests are presented that show how the new formulation permits to obtain fully converged results where the standard SNGR method diverge, and good comparison with experimental results are presented for a jet noise test case and for an airfoil plus slat configuration.

Vilmin S.,Numeca International | Lorrain E.,Numeca International | Tartinville B.,Numeca International | Capron A.,Numeca International | Hirsch C.,Numeca International
International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics | Year: 2013

The nonlinear harmonic method (NLH) and its extension to the modelling of the clocking effects can simulate the unsteady flows in multistage machines at much lower CPU cost. The bladerow interactions that can be reproduced are those between adjacent rotors and stators and also between successive rotors or successive stators, including the contra-rotating open rotors (CROR). However, the simulation of the unsteady effects of the engine pylon on the flow in the rear rotor requires the modelling of the time-varying disturbance from a stator of periodicity 1 (the pylon) into a rotor that is not adjacent, requiring an extension of the current NLH method. In addition, it has been observed that in some stator1/rotor/stator2 configurations, the amplitude of the perturbation associated with a blade passing frequency (BPF) in a row is not only created by the adjacent row but is also modified in space by the interaction of the periodic disturbances coming from the other two rows. For instance, for a struts/rotor/stator machine, the spatial frequencies of the periodic disturbance in the stator could be provoked not only by the interaction with the adjacent rotor but also by an additional interaction with the periodic flow coming from the struts. The present paper introduces a method that enables the identification of these spatial frequencies for a general row1/row2/row3 configuration. Besides, any row can be a stator or a rotor and the time-varying disturbances are not only produced by the interaction with the adjacent row but also with the other rows. A more general NLH method is therefore obtained. The proposed method was validated against a three-cylinder test case, a CROR test case, a struts/rotor/stator case and an impeller/bladed diffuser/volute case. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Tartinville B.,NUMECA International | Hirsch C.,NUMECA International
Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo | Year: 2015

The objective of this paper is to numerically investigate the unsteadineß generated by a bladed diffuser on an upstream centrifugal impeller. The Non-Linear Harmonic (NLH for short) time-spectral method has been retained here. The major advantage of such a method is that it requires much leß computational effort than a standard unsteady simulation. In order to further reduce the computing time, the NLH method has been extended to low speed flows by using a preconditioning technic. Therefore, the NLH method can be accurately applied to any Mach number flow and even to purely incompreßible fluids. This extension of the flow solver has been validated on a wide range of simple test cases at various reduce frequencies. Solutions have been compared to purely unsteady approach and also to experimental data. In a second step, the NLH method has been applied to a centrifugal impeller and its downstream diffuser. Numerical results have been analyzed and compared to the available experimental data showing the significant influence of the downstream diffuser on the impeller preßure load. Copyright © 2015 by ASME.

Hirsch C.,NUMECA International
28th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference | Year: 2010

Two representative test cases of shock wave boundary layer interactions (SWBLI) were simulated by a large number of groups, with models including RANS and LES models. The paper will review the main trends of the presented results, identifying strengths and weaknesses of turbulence models, in view of the three-dimensionality of the flow and the extend of the separation region. Trends of the CFD results are discussed and recommendations for future actions are suggested. © 2010 by Charles Hirsch.

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