Validation of a Numerical Quasi One-Dimensional Model for Wave Rotor Turbines with Curved Channels

Stefan Tuechler, Colin Copeland

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This paper seeks to introduce a quasi one-dimensional wave action model implemented in MATLAB for the computation of the unsteady flow field and performance characteristics of wave rotors of straight or cambered channel profiles. The model numerically solves the laminar one-dimensional Navier-Stokes equations using a two-step Richtmyer TVD scheme with minmod flux limiter. Additional source terms account for viscous losses, wall heat transfer, flow leakage between rotor and stator endplates as well as torque generation through momentum change. Model validation was conducted in two steps. First of all, unsteady and steady predictive capabilities were tested on threeport pressure divider rotors from open literature. The results show that both steady port flow conditions as well as the wave action within the rotor can be predicted with good agreement. Further validation was done on an in-house developed and experimentally tested four-port, three-cycle, throughflow micro wave rotor turbine featuring symmetrically cambered passage walls aimed at delivering approximately 500W of shaft power. The numerical results depict trends for pressure ratio, shaft power and outlet temperature reasonably well. However, the results further tend to overpredict the effect of changes in boundary conditions and highlight the need for accurately measured leakage gaps when the machine is running in thermal equilibrium.
Original languageEnglish
Article number021017
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020


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