The Effect of Break Edge Configuration on the Aerodynamics of Anti-Ice Jet Flow

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Tatar V., Yildizay H., Aras H.

9th International Conference on Experimental Fluid Mechanics, EFM 2014, Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, 18 - 21 November 2014, vol.92 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 92
  • Doi Number: 10.1051/epjconf/20159202093
  • City: Cesky Krumlov
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


© 2015 Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences.One of the components of a turboprop gas turbine engine is the Front Bearing Structure (FBS) which leads air into the compressor. FBS directly encounters with ambient air, as a consequence ice accretion may occur on its static vanes. There are several aerodynamic parameters which should be considered in the design of anti-icing system of FBS, such as diameter, position, exit angle of discharge holes, etc. This research focuses on the effects of break edge configuration over anti-ice jet flow. Break edge operation is a process which is applied to the hole in order to avoid sharp edges which cause high stress concentration. Numerical analyses and flow visualization test have been conducted. Four different break edge configurations were used for this investigation; without break edge, 0.35xD, 74xD, 0.87xD. Three mainstream flow conditions at the inlet of the channel are defined; 10m/s, 20 m/s and 40 m/s. Shear stresses are extracted from numerical analyses near the trailing edge of pressure surface where ice may occur under icing conditions. A specific flow visualization method was used for the experimental study. Vane surface near the trailing edge was dyed and thinner was injected into anti-ice jet flow in order to remove dye from the vane surface. Hence, film effect on the surface could be computed for each testing condition. Thickness of the dye removal area of each case was examined. The results show noticeable effects of break edge operation on jet flow, and the air film effectiveness decreases when mainstream inlet velocity decreases.