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Advanced Application of a Sublayer Fence Probe in Highly Instationary Turbomachinery Flows: Observations on Prestall Instabilities
Citation key 2019_eck_jexfluid
Author Eck, M. and Rückert, R. and Peitsch, D.
Pages 47
Year 2019
ISSN 0723-4864
DOI 10.1007/s00348-019-2686-5
Location Switzerland
Journal Experiments in Fluids
Volume 60
Number 3
Month 02
Note Technische Universität Berlin:
M. Eck, R. Rückert, D. Peitsch
Publisher Springer
How Published Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC-BY 4.0
Abstract The present paper introduces a novel approach for measuring near wall flow velocities by utilizing a sublayer surface fence probe. Hereby, a difference in static pressure builds up over a microscopic obstacle within the viscous sublayer. An analytical model of the angular dependent pressure difference is employed to derive information about the flow direction. Furthermore, a computational preston tube approach has been used to calibrate the surface fence probe with regard to a flow velocity to be assigned to half of the fence height. Through the use of a sophisticated analyzing algorithm the flow direction and its velocity can be determined as a function of time. As a proof of concept measurements were conducted within the radial gap of an annular compressor rig yielding both mean and time resolved near wall flow fields. Former are in very good compliance with oil flow visualizations proving the methods accuracy. The experimental results give unprecedented insights into an unsteady flow phenomenon that arises when an axial compressor is operating close to its stalling limit. The presented technique allows for investigating turbomachinery areas which formerly were observable only by computational means.
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