Hydrodynamic verification and validation of numerical methods of the flow calculation in combustion chamber of a gas turbine engine

Thermal engines, electric propulsion and power plants for flying vehicles


Isaev A. I.*, Skorobogatov S. V.**

Irkutsk branch of Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation, (MSTUCA), 3, Kommunarov str., Irkutsk, 664047, Russia

*e-mail: isaew_alexandr@mail.ru
**e-mail: maestro.ru@mail.ru


Currently, the engineering practice widely uses software packages for engineering design automation. They include the systems allowing solve complex problems of computational hydro-gas dynamics. The specificity of the employed mathematical tools imposes certain constraints in the course of operation. Thus, there is no universal mathematical model at present, which would reliably describe all turbulent flows specifics for the entire spectrum of problems. Instead, there are many semi-empirical models correlating well with the experimental data for only a certain range of problems.

The most widely used models are the models of Reynolds averaged Navier–Stokes equations. At the same time, these models have a greater number of variations, most of which found application in commercial software packages as well. Such diversity creates the problem of selection of the most appropriate model for the particular solution case. Thus, verification and validation are the intrinsic part of the turbulent flows numerical modeling.

The purpose of the article is the methodology of verification and validation of a flow computing in a combustion chamber air-gas channel of a gas turbine engine with transverse vortex system. The authors performed reviewed the most relevant turbulence models employed in software packages of computational hydro-gas dynamics. Their advantages, disadvantages and constraints associated with the empirical data are listed.

Based on the developed combustion chamber model, the full-scale model for hydrodynamic research and the finite element mesh for calculations in the software environment were created.

The article presents the results of experimental studies and the results obtained by numerical methods. They performed their comparison and analysis. Based on this data, the two models corresponding to the selected confidence interval, were separated out.

At the next stage validation of turbulence models was being performed. As a result, it allowed give qualitative estimate of flow kinetics over the entire computation region.

Verification revealed that of all the models considered, the best conformity with experiments was ensured by the SST k-w model and standard k-e model.

In consequence of validation, the authors managed to find that the SST k-w model reproduced the flow kinetics in air-gas channel of the combustion chamber with a transverse vortex system more correctly.


verification, validation, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence models, combustion chamber, gas-turbine engine


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