Abstract

The highly turbulent flow and heat-transfer in a semi-closed rotating disk cavity is numerically simulated based on a hybrid RANS/LES turbulence model. The superimposed radial outflow, which enters into the cavity from the inlet and exits the cavity from the discharge holes, results in the three flow region formed in the disk cavity. The effects of rotating Reynolds’ number and cavity aspect ratio on the pumping mass flow, local momentum coefficient as well as radial heat-transfer coefficient are fully examined. And the corresponding correlations are established with respect to rotating Reynolds’ number and aspect ratio. It is revealed that the radial heat-transfer from the periphery of the cavity to discharge hole is highly correlated to the secondary flow pumped by the rotating disk. Based on those prediction models, an equivalent thermal network for the radial heat-transfer is proposed, which can efficiently predict the radial temperature distribution in the semi-closed disk cavity, and estimate the effects of viscous-heating as well as temperature-viscosity correction.

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