Visual analysis of the impact of periodic wakes on the pressure side of a turbine blade

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftForschungsartikelBeigetragenBegutachtung



Turbines are core components in jet engines for flight propulsion, power plants, and other important energy conversion processes. They are composed of successive rows of blades so that wakes of upstream blades reach subsequent blades where they perturb the flow in an unsteady manner. At the point where a wake reaches the downstream blades, the perturbation forms a so-called negative jet. In this work, we show that the negative jet partially fulfills the conditions of an anti-splat. Based on this finding, we enhance an anti-splat detection algorithm developed by the present authors in previous work and apply it to direct numerical simulation data of a turbine cascade with unsteady wakes. This provides a sound framework and suitable visualization approaches to investigate the phenomenon even in very complex conditions, as is the alteration of the boundary layer flow along the pressure side of a turbine blade. The approach allows a very clear visualization of this interaction, which was not possible to evidence with previous methods, providing new insight into the physics of this flow. The use of flow paths shows up to which point wakes affect the boundary layer along the blade. The reported physical analysis, made possible by the proposed approach, demonstrates the usefulness of the method for the application domain. The generalization to flows in compressors, pumps, and blade-tower interaction in wind engineering and other fields is possible. Graphical abstract


Seiten (von - bis)1115-1137
FachzeitschriftJournal of Visualization
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Juni 2023

Externe IDs

Scopus 85160839890
Mendeley b120c530-7154-366e-b2f7-6643846de1a8
WOS 001000359700001



  • Flow visualization, Turbine cascade, Periodic wakes, Wake boundary interaction, Flow visualization, Periodic wakes, Turbine cascade, Wake boundary interaction