Flow between contra-rotating discs

Gan X., Kilic M., Owne M.

International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 24 - 27 May 1993, pp.1-10 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-10
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


The paper describes a combined experimental and computational study of laminar and turbulent flow between contra-rotating discs. Laminar computations produce Batchelor-type flow: radial outflow occurs in boundary layers on the discs and inflow is confined to a thin shear layer in the mid-plane; between the boundary layers and the shear layer, two contra-rotating cores of fluid are formed. Turbulent computations (using a low-Reynolds- number turbulence model) and LDA measurements provide no evidence for Batchelor-type flow, even for rotational Reynolds numbers as low as 2.2 × 104. Although the turbulence model exhibited premature transition from laminar to turbulent flow in the boundary layers, agreement between the computed and measured radial and tangential components of velocity was mainly good over a wide range of nondimensional flow rates and rotational Reynolds numbers.