Contamination effects study in the centrifugal compressor flow stage by means numerical simulation methods.

Abstract. At the moment there is no effective way to clean the flow of the turbine unit, which is justified from an economic point of view. It is important to understand how deposits affect compressor performance and the need to clean contaminants. In the available literature, such studies are not described. The computational the model stage domain for the study includes the following elements: inlet pipe, impeller, bladeless diffuser, swivel elbow, backward guide apparatus, outlet pipe. For calculations, the computational fluid dynamics methods in the Ansys software package were used. A numerical experiment was carried out in six mass flow rate variants, two impeller revolutions  variants, and three different sediment thicknesses in the flow part variants. Based on the numerical experiment the results, the calculated machine operating modes characteristics are constructed. The analysis revealed that the studied deposits cause a drop in the stage characteristics by 1.5-2%. Losses in the stage increase in proportion the thickness deposits in the compressor flow part.

Improving the reliability of the compressor unit using the wavelet transform method.

Abstract. Centrifugal compressors are an integral part of modern production in such industries as gas transmission, oil refining, metallurgical, machine-building, mining, as well as in electric and heat power engineering. Interruptions in the operation or failure of the compressor lead to decrease in profit or large material loss. Conditions should be created for the safe (stable) operation of the centrifugal compressor. Surge is global (complete) loss of stability, an unacceptable phenomenon for a centrifugal compressor. Compressor surge protection must function during operation. The algorithms used to protect the centrifugal compressor against surge have some drawbacks, which make it impossible to reliably exclude surge.There are many methods for analyzing rapidly changing processes in the flow part of a centrifugal compressor. The wavelet theory is the most accurate and modern method. The use of the wavelet transform method for signal processing allows us to solve the problems of analyzing non-stationary processes of a centrifugal compressor to expand the acceptable range of work and build reliable operation of the anti-surge diagnostic system. In the future, it is possible to use other basic wavelet functions, for comparison and selection of the most suitable one, for the analysis of unsteady signals in a centrifugal compressor.

Numerical characteristics of a centrifugal compressor with a low flow coefficient

Abstract. The study presents the simulation results of the viscid gas flow in low flow coefficient centrifugal compressor stages. The problem is solved in a stationary formulation using the Ansys CFX software package. The numerical simulation is carried out on three ultrahigh-pressure model stages; two stages have blades of the classical type impeller and one stage is of the bodily type. The value of the conditional flow coefficient is 0.0063 to 0.015. As part of the study, block-structured design meshes are used for all gas channel elements, with their total number being equaled as 13–15 million. During the calculations a numerical characteristic was validated with the results of tests carried out at the Department of Compressor, Vacuum and Refrigeration Engineering of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. With an increase of inlet pressure as a result of a numerical study, it was found that for a given mathematical model the disk friction and leakage coefficient (1 + βfr + βlk) is overestimated. The analysis of flow in labyrinth seals has shown an increase of total temperature near the discs by 30–50 °С, nevertheless this fact did not influence gas parameters in the behind-the-rotor section. The calculation data obtained with finer design mesh (the first near-wall cell was 0.001 mm) is identical to those obtained with the first near-wall cell 0.01 mm mesh.

Head Math Model For The Low-Flow Impellers Of The Centrifugal Compressors

Abstract. A new mathematical model has been developed to determine the coefficient of internal and theoretical head in the variant design of the low-flow rate centrifugal compressors impellers. A parametric study of the flow part of the impeller is carried out. In total 1620 impellers are numericaly simulated. As a result, a numerical database of gas dynamic and geometric parameters was developed. Due to an a priori analysis, the relations of parameters with the geometric shape of the flow part are determined. The mathematical model is developed using gas-dynamic parameters and relations determined from numerical database. Using centrifugal compressor stage digital twins, a generalizing relationship has been developed to determine the complex of friction and leakage losses.The reliability of the math model is validated by the comparison with experimental data and the results of numerical experiment in digital twins, which are not involved in the model. The application of the head math model is determined in the range of the conditional flow coefficient 0.006<Φd<0.02 and the theoretical head coefficient 0.60 <ψt<0.72.

Real gas state equations comparative analysis for low-temperature calculations

Abstract. In this paper, various real gas state equations are considered and their comparative analysis is carried out. The following state equations are studied in the work: Benedict-Webb-Rubin modification equation, Ridlich-Kwong Real Gas equation, Peng-Robinson Real Gas equation, and the modified Ridlich-Kwong real gas state equations proposed by Barsuk S.D. We have made a direct comparison of these calculation methods with most accurate identification. In addition, the paper analyzes the equations features, with applicability limits definition of each state equations. For the chosen one, as the most universal and exact equation, the calculations were made for the liquid phase and the real gas two-phase state. Based on the data obtained, polynomials were developed for various parameters depending on the gas temperature, which can later be used to build various mathematical models. Our conclusions show main advantages of selected equation for real gases and the reasons for choosing it for modeling low-temperature heat and mass transfer processes.

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