The Ultra Compact Combustor (UCC) aims to increase the thrust-to-weight ratio of an aircraft gas turbine engine by decreasing the size, and thus weight, of the engine’s combustor. The configuration of the UCC as a primary combustor enables a unique cooling scheme to be employed for the Hybrid Guide Vane (HGV). A previous effort conducted a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis that evaluated whether it would be possible to cool this vane by drawing in freestream flow at the stagnation region of the airfoil. Based on this study, a cooling scheme was designed and modified with internal supports to make additive manufacturing possible. The vane was evaluated using CFD comparing the results with those of a solid vane and hollow vane without cooling holes as a validation and demonstration of the design. Furthermore, the effects of the internal support structure were deemed beneficial to surface cooling when evaluated through comparisons of internal pressure distribution and overall effectiveness.
Computational Analysis of an Additively Manufactured Cooled Ultra Compact Combustor Vane
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DeMarco, KJ, Bohan, BT, Polanka, MD, Rutledge, JL, & Akbari, P. "Computational Analysis of an Additively Manufactured Cooled Ultra Compact Combustor Vane." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 5C: Heat Transfer. Oslo, Norway. June 11–15, 2018. V05CT17A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2018-75392
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