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Two-Way Flow Coupling in Ice Crystal Icing Simulation

Rolls-Royce Plc-Geoffrey Jones, Benjamin Collier
University of Oxford-Jonathan Paul Connolly, Matthew McGilvray, David Gillespie, Alex Bucknell, Liam Parker
Published 2019-06-10 by SAE International in United States
Numerous turbofan power-loss events have occurred in high altitude locations in the presence of ice crystals. It is theorized that ice crystals enter the engine core, partially melt in the compressor and then accrete onto stator blade surfaces. This may lead to engine rollback, or shed induced blade damage, surge and/or flameout. The first generation of ice crystal icing predictive models use a single flow field where there is no accretion to calculate particle trajectories and accretion growth rates. Recent work completed at the University of Oxford has created an algorithm to automatically detect the edge of accretion from experimental video data. Using these accretion profiles, numerical simulations were carried out at discrete points in time using a manual meshing process. That work showed that flow field changes caused by a changing accretion profile had significant effects on the collection efficiency of impinging particles, ultimately affecting the mass of accreted ice and its shape. This paper discusses the development of the ICICLE numerical ice crystal icing code to include a fully automated two-way coupling between…
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