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Committee Members

Rory Roberts (Committee Member), Rolf Sondergaard (Committee Member), Mitch Wolff (Advisor)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)


A 3-D Reynolds-Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) model of a highly-loaded blade profile has been developed using a commercial CFD code with an unstructured/structured grid and several different turbulence models. The ability of each model to predict total pressure loss performance is examined in terms of the spanwise loss distribution and the integrated total pressure loss coefficient. The flowfield predicted by each model is investigated through comparisons of isosurfaces of Q criterion to previous Implicit Large Eddy Simulation (ILES) results. The 3-equation k-kl-¿ model was shown to provide the most accurate performance predictions for a baseline 3-D LPT geometry, and was then used to analyze the effect a new 3D contoured geometry. The model accurately predicted the qualitative improvement made by the contour by weakening the various vortex structures.

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Department or Program

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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