Vortex-induced transient stall


This study analyzes the induced flow by a coaxial vortex ring inside a circular tube applying vortex theory and potential flow theory. The vortex ring itself is generated by bound vortices rotating with the angular frequency \({\varOmega }\). Two results emerge out of the analytic research: first it is shown that induction causes the rotation of the vortex ring. It rotates at the sub-synchronous frequency \({\varOmega }_\mathrm {ind}<0.5\,{\varOmega }\). Second, the ring vortex itself induces an axial velocity at the tube wall. Superimposed with the axial main flow, this results in a stagnation point. Since the vortex strength increases in time, the stagnation point moves upstream. This kinematic effect may falsely be interpreted as a dynamic boundary layer separation. Hence, the results may give new insights into transient stall phenomena in axial turbomachinery.

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Pelz, P.F., Taubert, P. Vortex-induced transient stall. Arch Appl Mech 89, 307–312 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00419-018-1468-5

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  • Analytical methods
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Kinematic stall
  • Potential theory
  • Turbomachinery
  • Vortex dynamics