An Improved Time-Marching Method for Turbomachinery Flow Calculation

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J. D. Denton

Whittle Laboratory, Cambridge University Engineering Department, Cambridge CB3 0EL, England

J. Eng. Power 105(3), 514-521 (Jul 01, 1983) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3227444 History: Received December 18, 1981; Online September 28, 2009


Time-marching solutions of the Euler equations are now very widely used for calculation of flow through turbomachinery blade rows. All methods suffer from the disadvantages of shock smearing, lack of entropy conservation, and comparatively long run times. A new method is described which reduces all these problems. The method is based on the author’s opposed difference scheme, but this is applied to a new grid consisting of quadrilateral elements which do not overlap and have nodes only at their corners. The use of a non-overlapping grid reduces finite differencing errors and gives complete freedom to vary the size of the elements. Both these factors help to improve entropy conservation. Considerable savings in run time (by a factor of about 3) are obtained by using a simple multigrid method whereby the solution is advanced simultaneous on a course and on a fine grid. The resulting method is simpler, faster, and more accurate than its predecessor.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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