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A Comparison of Performance Predictions between 1D Models and Numerical Data for a Turbocharger Compressor
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.). KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx). (CCGEx - Compressor off-Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4937-8915
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.). KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx).
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx). (CCGEx - Compressor off-Design)
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Competence Center for Gas Exchange (CCGEx). (CCGEx - Compressor off-Design)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7330-6965
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of 12th European Conference on Turbomachinery Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics ETC12, April 3-7, Stockholm, Sweden, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Compressor performance prediction models, based on integral conservation of mass, momentum and energy with empirical loss terms, are important tools in early design stages. Two such models from literature are compared to numerical results for an automotive turbocharger radial compressor with a vaneless diffuser and a volute. Results show that these models are less accurate than fully three-dimensional numerical RANS CFD calculations at low impeller speeds and choke, but can compete at high impeller speeds. Of the two impeller models, one gives a more accurate prediction than the other. The diffuser and volute models investigated here show large differences to the CFD calculations at off-design conditions. A comparison of the impeller loss terms to CFD entropy increase indicates also possibilities for improvement in the impeller models.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017.
Keyword [en]
Radial compressor, 1D model, RANS, performance prediction
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206518Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021822532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-206518DiVA: diva2:1093051
Conference
12th European Conference on Turbomachinery Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics ETC12, April 3-7, Stockholm, Sweden
Funder
Swedish Energy Agency
Note

QC 20170508

Available from: 2017-05-04 Created: 2017-05-04 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. On Stability and Surge in Turbocharger Compressors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Stability and Surge in Turbocharger Compressors
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Turbochargers are used on many automotive internal combustion engines to increase power density. The broad operating range of the engine also requires a wide range of the turbocharger compressor. At low mass flows, however, turbo compressor operation becomes unstable and eventually enters surge. Surge is characterized by large oscillations in mass flow and pressure. Due to the associated noise, control problems, and possibility of mechanical component damage, this has to be avoided.

Different indicators exist to classify compressor operation as stable or unstable on a gas stand. They are based on pressure oscillations, speed oscillations, or inlet temperature increase. In this thesis, a new stability indicator is proposed based on the Hurst exponent of the pressure signal. The Hurst exponent is a number between zero and one that describes what kind of long-term correlations are present in a time series.

Data from three cold gas stand experiments are analyzed using this criterion. Results show that the Hurst exponent of the compressor outlet pressure signal has good characteristics. Stable operation is being indicated by values larger than 0.5. As compressor operation moves towards the surge line, the Hurst exponent decreases towards zero. An additional distinction between the long-term correlations of small and large amplitude fluctuations by means of higher order Hurst exponents can be used as an early warning indicator.

Further tests using compressor housing accelerometers show that the Hurst exponent is not a good choice for real-time surge detection on the engine. Reasons are the long required sampling time compared to competing methods, and the fact that other periodically repeating oscillations lead to Hurst exponents close to zero independent of compressor operation.

Abstract [sv]

Turboladdare används ofta på förbränningsmotorer för att öka motorns effekttäthet. Motorns breda driftområde ställer krav på ett brett driftområde för turboladdarens kompressor. Vid låga massflöden blir kompressordriften dock mindre stabil, och surge kan uppträda. Surge innebär stora oscillationer i tryck och massflöde genom kompressorn. På grund av oljud, reglerproblem och risken för mekaniska skador vill man undvika surge.

Det finns indikatorer för att bedöma kompressorns stabilitet på ett gas stand. Indikatorerna är baserade på tryckoscillationer, varvtalsoscillationer, eller temperaturökning i gasen i kompressorinloppet. I denna avhandling presenteras en ny indikator baserad på Hurst-exponenten, beräknad på trycksignalen. Hurst-exponenten är ett tal mellan noll och ett som beskriver vilka typer av långtidskorrelationer det finns i signalen.

Mätningar från tre gas-stand-experiment har analyserats på detta sätt. Analyserna visar att Hurst-exponenten baserad på kompressorutloppstrycket fungerar bra som som surgeindikator. Stabil drift av kompressorn indikeras av att Hurst-exponenten är större än 0.5. När kompressordriftpunkten närmar sig surgelinjen faller Hurst-exponenten mot noll. En distinktion mellan oscillationer med små och stora amplituder kan används för att få en tidig varning.

Analyser av vibrationsmätningar på kompressorhuset vid motorapplikation visar att Hurst-exponenten inte är lämplig som realtidsindikator på en motor. Detta kommer sig dels av att data behöver samlas in under en längre tid än med andra tänkbara indikatorer, dels av att andra periodiska oscillationer i signalen kopplade till motorns naturliga beteende leder till Hurst-exponenter nära noll även vid stabil kompressordrift.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 109 p.
Series
TRITA-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179
Keyword
Turbocharger, Radial Compressor, Stability, Surge, Hurst exponent, Fractals
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Machine Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-206737 (URN)978-91-7729-378-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-06-02, D1, Lindstedtsvägen 17, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Projects
CCGEx - Compressor off-Design
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QC 20170510

Available from: 2017-05-10 Created: 2017-05-08 Last updated: 2017-05-10Bibliographically approved

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