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Abrasive, short-term damage to helicopter engines by quartz particles can be mitigated by the use of an inlet particle separator. However, such devices fail to remove the finest particles that havesignificantly different mineralogy to quartz. If these particles reach the hot end components, they may form deposits on the vane surfaces, or clog cooling holes. In the former case, a choking effect is created leading to a reduction in the surge margin; in the latter, an increase in heat transfer to the blade thence reduction in life may result.Prediction of this is limited by the myriad of contributory factors: the likelihood of a particle adhering to a surface depends on its phase and viscosity which changes along its path; the rate of change of state depends on the physical and chemical properties of the particle, which vary according to global location and inlet separator effectiveness. This contribution summarises the process of turbine degradation in desert-based helicopters, and proposes a novel approach to its prediction.
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Nicholas Bojdo
& Antonio Filippone
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom
Abrasive, short-term damage to helicopter engines by quartz particles can be mitigated by the use of an inlet
particle separator. However, such devices fail to remove the finest particles that havesignificantly different
mineralogy to quartz. If these particles reach the hot end components, they may form deposits on the vane
surfaces, or clog cooling holes. In the former case, a choking effect is created leading to a reduction in the
surge margin; in the latter, an increase in heat transfer to the blade thence reduction in life may
result.Prediction of this is limited by the myriad of contributory factors: the likelihood of a particle adhering to
a surface depends on its phase and viscosity which changes along its path; the rate of change of state
depends on the physical and chemical properties of the particle, which vary according to global location and
inlet separator effectiveness. This contribution summarises the process of turbine degradation in desert-
based helicopters, and proposes a novel approach to its prediction.
Modern day rotorcraft are often required to
operate to and from unprepared landing sites. In
desert environments this can lead to the disturbance
of loose sediment from the ground, creating a cloud
of dust that soon envelopes the whole aircraft in a
situation known as brownout (see Fig. 1). In such an
event, particulate is drawn into the engine inlets.
Almost all rotorcraft operating in such environments
are fitted with engine air particle separators, or
EAPS, which remove the majority of the particulate
with varying degrees of success, depending on the
type of device employed
Fig. 1: RAF Merlin Helicopter Creates a 'Brownout'
Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan. (Images: © Sgt.
Steve Blake, UK Ministry of Defence.
A recent study by Barone et al.
that an inertial particle separator (based on patent
) could achieve an efficiency of 92% removal
Honorary Lecturer & Research Associate. School of
MACE, Pariser Building. Corresponding Author.
of AC Coarse test dust (diameter range 0-200µm;
mean diameter 36.8µm), although similar studies on
IPS in the literature report lower efficiencies
However, samples taken from typical locations of
operation have shown AC Coarse test dust to be an
inaccurate representation of the typical size
distribution likely to be ingested by helicopter
engines in desert environments. Furthermore, of the
finer particles that avoid capture, samples taken
from typical regions of operation are found to have
mineral compositions much different to that found in
test dust
The importance of mineral composition should
not be underestimated. While diameter, shape and
density all influence the trajectory through the fluid,
the mineralogy of the particle that is, the way in
which the constituent elements combine to make a
mineral –is the key to predicting the likelihood of
adhesion to a surface in the hot section of a gas
turbine engine. Furthermore, when several minerals
are combined in molten form, their product may
exhibit radically different chemical properties to the
original influent particulate that could lead to
corrosion of component surfaces.
The damage to component surfaces is wide-
ranging and affects each stage of the gas turbine. A
comprehensive review of the research into erosion
and deposition in turbomachinery is presented by
Hamed & Tabakoff
. During the first Gulf War, the
severity of damage to unprotected Chinook engines
led to rejection rates of 20 to 40 engines per 1000
flight hours. Compressor blades bear the brunt of
the damage from hard quartz particles, suffering
blunted leading and trailing edges, and pitted
pressure surfaces, while turbine blades experience
considerable build-up of molten deposits as
impurities solidify on film cooled surfaces. Such
damage is pictured in Fig. 2. Combustor walls may
also become glazed, reducing the flow path area.
Cooled turbine blades suffer a secondary
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problem too, in that cooling holes can become
blocked by particulate entering compressor bleed
line, heating as they pass through internal cooling
ducts, and sticking to hole surfaces through inertia
as the cooling air navigates the labyrinth-like
passages. Smialek et al.
report that inspection of
Gulf War engines revealed crusty deposits on
leading edges of vane platforms and a talc-like
powdery substance in the cooling passages of
turbine discs. The process is non-linear and
exponential by nature: as particulate builds up, it
acts as an insulating layer thus reducing the heat
transfer from coolant to blade. The subsequent
elevated blade temperature leads to acceleration
offurther sticking and thickening of the insulating
.Clogging of cooling holes in turbine blades
and vanes can have a short term positive effect on
engine performance as compressor bleed is
reduced. This reduces the surge margin but
increases the overall engine efficiency. However, the
overheating of the nozzles and blades significantly
reduces their lifetime from thousands to hundreds of
Fig. 2: Effects of particle ingestion on key turboshaft
engine components, illustrating: a. leading and
trailing edge erosion of compressor blades; b.
agglomeration of molten impurities on turbine
blades. (Images © Crown Copyright.)
Fortunately, since the first Gulf War there has
been a great progress made in limiting this kind of
damage, through the use of EAPS. For example,
one study purports to achieve a hundredfold
increase in mean time between overhaul as a result
of using an inlet barrier filter
.However, as a
particle’s size diminishes, it becomes more difficult
to remove.Van der Walt & Nurick studied
degradation of an engine fitted with an array of
vortex tube separators,focusing on efficiency of
removal and subsequent fate of the unfiltered
.Using a macroscale approach to the
effects of erosion, they were able to predict engine
lifetime by relating the resulting unfiltered particle
size to the rate of metal erosion. Crucially, however,
the interaction of unfiltered particulateon hot section
components and the consequent effect on
degradation was not considered.
The work presented herein reports the authors’
progress in predicting engine performance loss and
through life costs due to the degradation of turbine
nozzle guide vanes and rotor blades by desert
particulate. The blockage of cooling holes, one of
the two main effects leading to turbine
degradation,is predicted as part of the methodology.
Research on particle deposition in the hot
section of turbomachinery has received more
attention since the turn of the century. Initial
motivation has been prompted by the deposition
found on the surface of turbines of combined-cycle
power plants using ‘new’ alternative fuels. In lieu of
natural gas, these power plants use a filtered syngas
generated from ‘dirty fuels’ such as coal, biomass
and oil residue petcoke that contain trace amounts
of uncaptured particulate. When this combines with
the hot combustion products, the result is a gradual
building up of deposits on the turbine vanes and
blades. This has proven to be detrimental to
component life, and authors are continuing research
into mechanisms of deposition (Ref.
[10], [14]
). More
recent attention on turbine degradationarose
following the Eyjafjallajokull eruption of 2010, which
highlighted the insufficiency of experimental data on
accretion and sintering rates of ingested volcanic
ash in the prediction of engine performance
loss.This has prompted recent studies into the effect
of ash ingestion on engine performance (Refs.
); Davison & Rutke
provide a comprehensive
review of much of the literature to date on the threat
of volcanic ash to aircraft engines.
While ash composition is typically different to
that found in desert dust, there is plenty of overlap in
the techniques used to characterize and predict
degradation, particularly concerning mechanisms of
particle capture and locations of deposition.Volcanic
ash typically contains compounds that transition to
glass at relatively low temperatures (approximately
900°C). This exacerbates the deposition of ash
particles by producing a sticky glass substrate on
the blades into which higher inertia particles that
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would otherwise bounce may stick. While desert
sand is mainly composed of high melting-point
quartz, optical micrographs of leading edge deposits
from four turbines operating in the Persian gulf
revealed similar deposition morphology: a glassy
matrix containing second phase precipitates and
even bright metallic by-products of upstream
erosion. This suggests that the prediction of
degradation by sand should carry a greater
emphasis on contaminant mineralogy, as well as
physical properties such as size and density as
tends to be the case
Particle deposition in hot section
turbomachinery is a complex, multi-disciplinary
process involving three-phase, time-variant flow.
While little is still known about the effects of
deposition, the literature on this subject is growing.
2.1 Particle Melting and Sticking Potential
As the ash or dust passes through the core of
the engine, it can melt. The melting point for volcanic
ash depends on silicate content and can be as low
as 960°C but is usually closer to 1100°C
. The
sticking potential of material at high temperatures
has been recognized as a useful parameter to
describe the likelihood of capture by hot gas turbine
. According to Song et al.
, a
sticking-potential criterion requires consideration of:
a) The onset temperature at which the material
is capable of sticking to a hot surface.
b) The time-dependent rheology of the ash as
it evolves into a liquid.
The aim of these authors’ work was to quantitatively
characterize the fusion and sintering dynamics of
volcanic ash with a view to determining the
temperature at which a given sample gained the
ability to stick to a surface. From the literature, they
suggest that there are four characteristic
temperatures in the phase transition of a material
that describe sticking potential: the shrinkage
temperature (ST), the deformation temperature (DT),
the hemisphere temperature (HT), and the flow
temperature (FT). They determined these
temperatures by heating a cylindrically shaped
volcanic ash compact (CSVAC) sample ash from
Santaguito Volcano, Guatemala, from 50°C to
1400°C at a rate of 10°Cmin
and quantified the
change in height, area and shape factor of the
samples’ silhouettes.The results depict an initially
quadrilateral silhouette that begins to shrink at
around 1100°C, becomes rounded at 1300°C
resembling a liquid droplet attached under surface
tension, then flows out to a half-dome at 1400°C.
The shrinking can be attributed to sintering, and
each of the temperatures above can be clearly
recognised. The sintering phase is described as the
temperature at which the area reduces by 1.5%, in
this case determined as 1115°C; however, the
samples only began to stick to the substrate once
the sample had reached the deformation
temperature (DT) (signified by the onset of sample
edge rounding) at around 1250°C. The authors thus
conclude that the sticking potential of volcanic ash
becomes important once the temperature reaches
the deformation temperature, which can be used as
a temperature limit in assessing jet engine operation
Whilstthe sintering of many particles provides
useful set of temperature markers for the
agglomeration of deposits, it does not cater for the
sticking ability of individual particles whose
mineralogy will be distinct. Tafti et al.
developed a
probabilistic sticking model based on particle
viscosity, a property that changes with temperature
and can be predicted from the properties of the
material. Their work concerns deposition of coal ash
on turbine nozzle guide vanes. They define a critical
sticking temperature at which the material softens,
and prescribe a probability of 1 for any particle of a
given composition above this temperature. Particles
with a temperature much below this have a
probability of 0 whilst any other particle is assigned a
probability of between 0 and 1 based on its
temperature-dependent viscosity, and the viscosity
at the critical sticking temperature of the material.
The temperature-viscosity relationship is
determined using a series of empirical formulae that
take the chemical composition (compound % by
weight), as summarized by Barker
. Generally, a
particulate melt will contain a balance of cationsthat
act either as glass formers, which promote the
formation of a glass structure, as modifiers that
terminate chains in the structure, or as amphoterics,
which can act as modifiers or formers. Modifier ions,
such as Ca
or Mg
, disrupt the glass structure and
tend to lower the viscosity.The temperature-viscosity
relationship is reported in the same study for a
number of different samples of ash, and appears to
be linear. If one can ascertain the particle
temperature, for example by knowing its heat
transfer properties and residence time in the flow
domain, then aprobability of adhesion can be found
from the calculated viscosity.
2.2 Particulate Composition and
From the above it should be fairly evident that
the chemical composition of the ingested dust is as
important as the physical properties for the
prediction of erosion and deposition in
turbomachinery. A study by Walsh et
investigated the effects of desert sand blockage
in the cooling holes of a kiln-heated leading edge
coupon. A reduction in coolant flow due to blockage
by deposited materials was quantified using a flow
parameter that is the ratio of momentum force to
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pressure force, as discussed by Hill
. They
investigated the reduction in flow parameter for a
range of parameters, including sand diameter and
metal temperature. They found the latter to be the
most significant parameter: as metal temperature
increased beyond 1000°C, those particles not
already molten either melted on impact or shortly
after impact.
Walsh et al. used three test dusts as
surrogates for real desert sand in the study. The
samples were analysed to determine their chemical
composition and size distribution, and heated to
determine melting point. A bulk powder spectrum
revealed that the test dusts were crushed granite,
containing: 68-76%wt quartz (SiO
) of varying
phase; between 10-15% aluminium oxide (Fe
and traces of iron oxide (Fe
), sodium silicate
O), lime (CaO), magnesium oxide (MgO),
titanium dioxide (TiO
), and potassium oxide (K
While this gives an impression of the elements
present in the sample, the mineralogy (i.e. crystalline
structure) of the particle would be required to directly
infer melting points. Instead, by baking a small
sample of the test dust from 930°C to 1090°C, the
sample began to show signs of melting by
agglomerating at 980°C. By 1040°C a significant
colour change was observed, and by 1090°C the
now darker sample had become a solid block. Using
this result and assuming adiabatic heating solely by
radiation, the authors calculated that over a period of
just 0.01s a conservative residence time for a
particle in the heated coupon – the particle would
increase from 675°C to 820°C, based on ametal
temperature of 1010°C. Given that the internal blade
cooling channels are serpentine by nature, the
particles may bounce and take a lot longer to exit
the blade through the cooling holes than the air, by
which time they may have reached melting point.
The proximity of the sand melting point to the
typical turbine inlet temperature was thus one of the
main causes of the substantial damage suffered by
desert-operating helicopters in the past, as reported
earlier. The investigation by Walsh et al.
prompted by evidence of large quantities of sand
being entrained into the compressor of C-17engines.
Unlike C-17 aircraft, helicopters can be protected by
one of a range of EAPS devices
. Their use
substantially changes the composition of the
particulate that does happen to evade capture and
reach the engine components. Physically, the
uncaptured particulate has a much smaller mean
diameter: in the aforementioned study by Van der
Walt & Nurick
, the mean diameter of the AC
Coarse test dust that evaded removal by vortex
tubes was found to be 4.9µm (from an original mean
diameter of 38µm). Chemically, the uncaptured
particulate has a much different mineralogy too: in
the aforementioned study by Smialek et al.
powders and deposits found within Blackhawk T700
engines were found to resemble a fine dust silicate-
based dust with much higher amounts of calcium,
aluminium, iron, magnesium and carbon oxide
species than ordinary dune sand from the same
region. It is significant to note that these T700
engines are fitted with an inertial particle separator,
which is effective at removing most particulate
above 20µm.
The same study by Smialek et al.
prior study by Bessee & Kohl
conducted for the
US Army in 1993, in which a number of soil samples
were collected from various geographical areas on
the Continental United States (CONUS) and Saudi
Arabia. Their aim was to characterize each sample
using particle size distributions, elemental analysis,
mineral composition, and particle angularity, to
determine whether new test dusts used to evaluate
fuel filters for land-based vehicles were
representative of naturally occurring soils. 22
samples were examined and generally fell into three
families: a. high calcium, no silicate; b. magnesium
silicate; and c. high silica. Only a limited amount of
the sand samples matched standardized test dust
compositions (including AC Coarse and AC Fine test
dusts, used respectively in the studies by Walsh et
andVan der Walt & Nurick
). In a separate
contribution but using the same samples from the
fouled Gulf War T700, Smialek et al. compared the
chemical composition of one such Saudi sample
with deposits found in cooling holes and nozzle
guide vanes, as shown in Fig. 3
. While it is not
known just how much quartz passes right through
the engine, these results indicate a vast difference in
composition between the dust on the ground and the
dust reaching the engine components.
Fig. 3: Analysed composition of Saudi Arabian sand
and helicopter engine deposits. (Presented as oxide
species normalized to 100% total.) Averages of
cooling passage powders and vane deposits from 4
engines). Major components.
As well as differing in chemical composition, the
22 samples analysed by Bessee & Kohl exhibited
different particle size distributions (PSD) from one
location to the next. This is expected, given the great
variability of geology across the globe. However, the
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study also found variation in PSD of airborne
particulate with height above the ground. To test
this, a light armoured vehicle (LAV) was driven along
a dirt road past a 3-metre pole with an array of
sampling containers. As can be imagined, there was
a greater abundance of sub-10µm particles in the
highest placed containers due to their lower terminal
descent speed. In addition, a spike in total mass
collected was found in the container at 1.5m,
assumed to be the result of air currents generated
by the vehicles.
A similar experiment was performed as part of
the Sandblaster 2 study by Cowherd et al.
in 2007,
which aimed to develop quantitative field information
for rotary wing and tilt rotor aircraft dust clouds to
help evaluate new ‘see-through technologies’ for use
in brownout operations. Using a similar approach to
that described by Bessee & Kohl, their report
gathered data relating to: a. dust cloud densities and
particle size distributions; b. spatial distributions
(heights, distances from rotors); and c. relationship
of dust cloud densities to downward rotor force. No
data on the chemical composition of the samples
taken are available in the open literature. A number
of vertical lift aircraft with intentionally contrasting
downwash signatures were tested.In addition to
illustrating a variation in particle size with height, the
results showed that each aircraft creates a unique
brownout cloud exhibiting differences in dust
concentration and size distribution. The results are
shown in Fig. 4.
Fig. 4: Mass concentrations by particle size band at
the rotor tip location for sixrotorcraft, as taken from
Sandblaster 2 tests
In Fig. 4 one can see that from the data
pertaining to the HH-60 there is an almost equal
mass concentration of particles in the 0-10µm range
as all other size bands, while the CH-53 produces a
relatively low concentration of 10-62µm particles but
a high concentration of larger particles in the 125-
250µm range. The differences are related to the
unique upwash mechanisms created by each main
rotordownwash a complex mix of merging
detached tip vortices and strong groundwash jets.
Attempts have been made to at least qualitatively
relate the brownout signature to the rotor design
parameters (Refs.
[28], [29]
), but quantitative results are
limited. Nevertheless, the Sandblaster 2results
suggest that consequent degradation rates may be a
function of the aircraft within which the engine is
installed. Incidentally, the Sikorsky HH-60 uses a GE
T700 turboshaft to provide power to the rotor
The above should begin to highlight the
complexity of developing a suitable methodology for
predicting engine degradation that encapsulates all
the contributory parameters.
2.3 Particle Transportand Deposition
If a particle evades removal by the EAPS
system, its journey through the engine will depend
upon its diameter, shape, density, as well as
properties of the carrier fluid, all of which can vary
due to temperature and pressure changes.
Once beyond the EAPS system, an ingested
particle will continue with the main flow to the
compressor stages, which it will most likely pass
through and reach the combustor. A very small
percentage may become attached to surfaces of the
compressor through van der Waals force (the
dominant sticking force for non-molten particles)
while a larger percentage may enter the bleed line
and head towards the turbine blade cooling
passages. The mass of bleed air for turbine cooling
varies, but is typically 3-5% of the inlet mass flow
As mentioned in Hill et al.
, even small gas
turbines such as the General Electric T700 are
amenable to internal blade cooling. The cooling air is
split between the nozzle guide vanes and rotor
blades of the high pressure turbine, initially following
serpentine multi-pass channels within the blades
before exiting through a number of small holes to re-
join the core flow. The exit holes vary in their
orientation to the oncoming core flow, but are
designed to create a thin layer of cooler air around
the blade to absorb some of the heat from the core
flow and permit the blades to operate in
temperatures beyond their stress limit. For more
details of typical internal cooling channel and film-
cooling hole arrangement, see Han et al.
Such a tortuous path in an increasingly hot
environment presents many opportunities for the
particle to become attached to a surface. If the
viscosity of the particle dictates a high probability of
sticking, the particle may do so on the exit of a bend
of an internal cooling passage, or as it negotiates a
sharp change in direction to pass through a hole in
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the turbine wall. This capture mechanism is known
as inertial impaction. Several investigators have
devised experiments to simulate the effects of
particulate deposition within cooling passages; a
recent review is given by Singh et al.
.Walsh et
subjected a 60-hole and a 36-hole coupon, kiln-
heated, to cooling flow containing concentrations of
ISO Coarse and ISO fine test dusts, under different
operating conditions. They found that the rate of
deposition was proportional to the coupon casing
temperature, particulate concentration, and particle
size, and found to be inversely proportional to the
pressure ratio.
The problem is complicated by the inherently
turbulent nature of the flow, which may be added to
by the additionof channel ribs designed to augment
heat transfer. These secondary flows create rotating
eddies that can entrain low Stokes number particles
outside of the wall boundary layer and deposit them
on the channel wall
. This capture mechanism is
known as eddy impaction.Two other capture
mechanisms present as described by Hamed &
are: turbulent diffusion, whereby particles
within the turbulent boundary layer can be swept
towards the wall by turbulent eddies; and
thermophoresis, whereby sub-micron particles are
bombarded by thermally agitated gas molecules and
transported to the wall by impact force. Brownian
motion is a similar mechanism that may cause a
particle to change direction and impact a wall.
Thermophoresis is more applicable to
deposition from the core flow or film coolant to the
blade surface, which is cooler. Surface deposition is
found to be much more prevalent a problem, in
some cases resulting in thick amorphous
agglomerations up to 6 mm thick
.Almost all of the
recent experimental and numerical investigations in
the open literature on this subject are based
onsynthetic-fuel powered gas turbines for power
generation (Refs.
[10], [14], [20], [31], [32]
).In research by
Bons et al.
, the increase in surface roughness due
to deposition was found to increase heat transfer by
up to 50% skin friction by up to 300%
[33], [34]
. The
effectiveness of the film cooling is also adversely
affected as it is influenced by the morphology of the
deposit in the vicinity of the cooling holes.
The deterioration process is almost always non-
linear, since the reduction in cooling effectiveness
leads to a hotter blade that accelerates the sticking
process. Furthermore, studies of deposit growth
behavior suggests that entrained particles more
readily adhere to surfaces that have some initial
deposit coverage, as opposed to clean surfaces
In all cases the deposition was seen to increase with
surface temperature, growing faster in between
cooling holes and not in the cooler surface
temperature region in the cooling flow channels. In
some cases the cooling hole may become
completely blocked, which can have disastrous
consequences. Surfaces coated with a thermal
barrier coating generally encourage more sticking
due to their outer surface running hotter, although
the blade itself is cooler.The relationship between
parameters such as hole spacing, hole shape,
coolant blowing ratio, and vane/blade geometry on
deposition mechanics represents the most recent
developments in the literature, as researchers look
for ways to mitigate damage and prolong component
From the evidence presented in the preceding
section, a picture emerges of the complexity of
modelling engine degradation due to sand ingestion.
Even characterizing the dust that enters the
helicopter engine is a multi-variable problem. Once
ingested, the likelihood of particle deposition is
dependent on its own mineralogy and Stokes
number, while the morphology of the resulting
surface agglomerate depends on the overall
physical and chemical properties of the adhered
particulate and surrounding flow conditions. The
consequence of deposition is a blocking of cooling
holes and reduction in core flow area.
While separate research has been reported on
desert sand characterization, on particle heating,
and on the effects of deposition on heat transfer at
the blade, all with respect to turbine degradation, to
the authors’ knowledge no studies on predicting the
macro-scale consequences on engine performance
have yet been reported in the literature. To deal with
the multitude of contributory parameters, a
methodology is proposed that takes a multi-block,
gas-particle path analysis approach to modelling the
effect of sand ingestion on helicopter engine
performance. This is depicted in Fig. 5.
3.1 Ingestion Model
The first objective is to ascertain the properties
of the particulate reaching the engine during a
brownout landing, and the rate at which those
particles are ingested.
3.5 Particulate Mass Flow Rate
The Sandblaster 2 study revealed a variation in
the size distribution and concentration of particulate
surrounding the airframe
and intimated a link
between dust concentration and disk loading but
provided no empirical relationship. The sediment
uplift is thought to be a combination of two
mechanisms created by the rotor wake. A
groundwash jet creates a surface boundary layer
that liberates particles form the surface, while
impinging detached tip vortices loft the particles
higher into the air. Assuming the groundwash jet is
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always large enough to release particles, it follows
that a higher and stronger vortex impingement rate
will result in a fast-forming, dense dust cloud.
However, a large downwash resulting from a high
disk loading may push airborne particulate away
from the helicopter before it can be lifted into the air
by tip vortices.
Fig. 5: Multi-block approach to macroscale modelling
of engine degradation by sand ingestion.
In quantifying these features, Milluzzo &
attempted to relate the brownout
severity level to:a. Total Wake Strength;b. Wake
Vortex Impingement Rapidity. The wake strength
gives a measure of the intensity of the brownout
cloud, and is defined quantitatively as a product of
the tip vortex strength
and the total number of
, normalized with
. The tip vortex
strength can be approximated as a product of the
blade loading coefficient
, tip speed
, and
blade chord
. Hence, the normalized total wake
can be written:
 
is the rotational frequency,
is the rotor
disk radius,
is the number of rotors,
is the thrust
coefficient, and is the rotor solidity. is an empirical
constant equal to 2 in hover (from vortex theory).The
rate of production is related to the frequency of
vortex impingement on the ground, and is called the
wake convection frequency,
given by:
From this relationship one can see that a helicopter
with a greater number of blades and/or higher rotor
rotational speeds may tend to uplift more sediment
from the ground per unit time, all other factors being
equal. This can be used to establish a quantitative
brownout metric by establishing a reduced
frequency, defined as:
And comparing it with the normalized total wake
and the normalized downwash, defined
Where is the slipstream flow velocity. When
calculated, these values allow a particular helicopter
to be rated in terms of its brownout characteristics.
Based in its rotor design, a helicopter is assigned a
level of 1 to 3 for each of the above metrics. These
levels are based on anecdotal (videographic)
evidence of large set of existing helicopters entering
a brownout landing.
While it is acknowledged that this approach is
macroscale and does not account for many other
contributory factors such as blade tip shape, blade
twist, and local dust type, it can be crudely used to
suggest a dust concentration based on experimental
data. For example, from the Sandblaster 2
experiment (Ref.
), the V-22 was found to create a
mean volume concentration of 1.62 gm
at the rotor
tip. As a Level 3 rotorcraft according to Milluzzo &
Leishman, this could be used as a benchmark
concentration for all other Level 3 rotorcraft.
However, the concentration at the rotor tip does not
necessarily correlate to the concentration at the
intake; more work is required in this area.
If the concentration is at least estimated (other
technologies exist to directly measure dust cloud
density), the particulate mass flow rate into the
is a simple calculation:
Particulate mass flow rate
Particle Size Distribution
Textural Characteristics
Mineral Composition
EAPS Efficiency
EAPS Pressure drop
Unseparated Properties
Surge Margin
Power Performance Index
Particle Stokes Number
Capture Mechanisms
Accumulation Rate
Reduction in Flow Parameter
Cooling Effectiveness
Blade Lifetime
Particle Sticking Probability
Particulate Fusibility
Particle Residence Time
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is the engine mass flow rate and
is the
particulate concentration by mass. With reference to
the Sandblaster 2 study, dust cloud densities are
usually quoted as a volume concentration, i.e. mass
of particulate per unit volume of carrier fluid. The
conversion to mass concentration is found by
considering each phase’s density and volume, and
is expressed as:
is the gas density,
is the particle
density, and
is the volume concentration.
3.1.2 Particle Size Distribution
Particle size distribution (PSD) is one of the
more difficult variables to determine. By performing
a variety of sieving techniques on a sample, one can
establish the PSD of a given area of operation as a
starting point. To determine what proportion of the
size distribution reaches the engine inlet is more
difficult, as the upwash mechanisms may not be
powerful enough to loft all sizes of particles to a
height at height they can be intercepted by the
engine. Since most engines are located directly
below the rotor disk, any particulate that reaches the
engine has probably been re-ingested by the rotor
disk. The recirculatory mode is one of the stages of
a brownout landing identified by Phillips et al.
which happens at low forward speeds and can result
in the formation of a large vortex at the rotor disk
leading edge, causing an appreciable portion of the
flow near to the ground to be re-ingested through the
forward portion of the rotor.Only particles with a low
enough Stokes number will remain entrained in this
vortex, hence through this process, the ground
sediment undergoes a rather rudimentary form of
centrifugal separation.
Characterising that separation is simplified here
by assuming that the mean vortical flow has a
tangential velocity equal to the average induced
, which through classic momentum theory
for a hovering rotor can be found from rotor design
parameters as:
Where is the rotor thrust (approximately equal to
rotorcraft weight),
is the rotor disk area, and  is
the disk loading.
The particle size distribution is most usefully
presented as a percentage by mass of a number of
representative sizes. Typically, some form of sieving
(the exact technique depends on the size; smaller
sizes for example can be susceptible to inter-particle
forces that influence results) will be used to
determine the mass of particulate ‘no smaller than’ a
given mesh size. Occasionally the size distribution
may be expressed as number of particles per size
band. In that case, a simple calculation can convert
to mass fraction:
is the characteristic diameter of the 
size band range (usually the mid-point),
is the
mean density of the  size band,
is the number
of particles in the  size band, and
is the mean
volume shape coefficient of the  size band.
The size distribution can be represented by
an arithmetic mass mean diameter,
, and an
arithmetic standard deviation,
is the number of size bands. This
information allows a more generalized distribution to
be found. Dust sample in nature are commonly
found to exhibit a log-normal distribution that can be
represented by a probability density function of the
(11) 
This is a well-known distribution, whose
characteristics are given in several mathematics
3.5 Textural Characteristics
The textural characteristics essentially encompass
the angularity and sphericity of the particle, which
influence the particle drag coefficient. The sphericity
is a measure of how compact the volume of an
object is. It is defined as the surface area of a
sphere with the same volume as the particle, divided
by the actual surface area of the particle:
(12)  
is the surface area of the particle,
is the
surface area of a sphere of equivalent volume to the
particle, and
is the volume of the particle.
Angularity is more qualitative by nature, and is used
as an indicator of a particle’s abrasion history, hence
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is more a measure of the particle’s roundness.
However, it can be used to infer the skin friction
coefficient of a particle.
The two characteristics are not the same, as a
rounded particle may be flat thus have low
sphericity, while a dodecahedron-shaped particle
may have high sphericity but may be considered
angular. The sphericity is used to define a volume
shape coefficient,
, as featured in Eq. (8) as
A derivation is provided in Bojdo, Ch. 3.2.3
. For
example an angular particle with   
(qualitatively termed ‘flaky’) will have a volume
shape coefficient of
 . Similarly, a spherical
particle with    yields a shape coefficient of  
as expected for the calculation sphere volume.
3.1.4 Mineral Composition
The chemical composition has been classified
via a number of techniques: atomic emission and
absorption spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography
(commonly known as XRD), scanning electron
microscope, differential thermal analysis,
metallography. Atomic emission and absorption
spectroscopy can be used to determine the minerals
present in a given sample and determine the
elemental composition of given particle. Using XRD,
one can infer the crystallographic structure of the
mineral to inform how the elements are chemically
bonded. For example, high levels of silicon and
oxygen from the elemental analysis indicate that the
material is a silicate mineral, while a three-
dimensional tetrahedral crystal framework may
indicate the silicate family, such as quartz. Within
the silicate family, there can be several forms of the
same mineral. Each of these branches can result in
a different melting point, hence it is important to
determine the mineralogy of the sample as well as
the physical properties.
3.2 Separation Model
Once at the engine inlet, the particles are met
by an EAPS system, as is common on all rotorcraft
operating in the desert nowadays. The EAPS
systems differ by the removal mechanisms they
employ: Inlet Barrier Filters arrest particles on their
surface; Vortex Tubes swirl the flow to centrifuge
particles to an annular scavenge chamber; while a
hump attached to the engine works as the vortex
tubes but axially, in an Integrated Inertial Particle
Separator. The latter two inertia-based separators
require extra mass flow to operate.
3.2.1 EAPS Efficiency
The efficiency of an EAPS system depends on
a number of parameters, including particle Stokes
number, device geometry, scavenge mass flow rate.
For a comprehensive discussion see Ref.
Assuming the device is working at a design point, it
will have agrade efficiency expressed as a function
of particle size,
. For the present work,
however, it is the particulate that evades capture
that is of interest. The PSD of the ingested
particulate is related to the size distribution
calculated in Eq. (11):
(14)   
Where is the ingested (unseparated) particle
3.2.2 EAPS Pressure Drop
The pressure drop, similar to the efficiency, is a
function of the device geometry and flow conditions.
Analytical expressions exist to predict the pressure
loss across vortex tubes and barrier filters, but it is
more difficult to similarly predict for integrated
particle separators. Inlet barrier filters typically begin
with a pressure loss of around 0.54%, rising to
2.97% as dust accumulates. An analytical study by
the authors revealed a low pressure loss across a
typical vortex tube of around 0.42%, although this
only considered skin friction drag; a more realistic
approximation would be double this. A CFD
simulation of an integrated particle separator by
Taslim & Spring revealed pressure losses of up
. A study by Bojdo & Filippone revealed that
in all cases the pressure loss was a function of the
mass flow rate, with the integrated separator rising
steepest with mass flow rate
3.2.3 Unseparated Particulate Properties
To enable the prediction of engine damage by
ingested particulate, the size distribution calculated
in Eq. (14) can be used. As this represents a
probability density function, the mean diameter of
the contaminant is simply:
Smialek et al.
found that the unseparated
particulate not only had a narrower and smaller size
distribution than the ground sediment PSD, but also
a different chemical composition (see Fig. 3). A
significant reduction in quartz content was found.
This suggests that the smaller sized particles in the
sample are dominated by other minerals, which may
decrease the overall deformation temperature (DT)
discussed in Section 2.1, at which the particulate
begins to stick. It would be useful therefore to
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explore further the change in particulate mineralogy
as the particle size distribution is modified post-
The mass flow rate of unseparated particles is
calculated in a similar way, by calculating the mean
separation efficiency,
and multiplying it by
the particulate mass flow rate given in Eq. (5):
 
This is useful as it gives the true rate at which
particulate enters the engine, in spite of an EAPS
system being in place.
3.3 Rheology Model
The rheology model determines the likelihood
of a single particle adhering if it comes into contact
with a surface. It also determines the temperature at
which the particulate as a whole begins to
agglomerate and potentially glaze.
3.3.1 Particle Sticking Probability
The sticking probability of a single particle is
related back to its mineralogy. It bridges the gap
between the particle melting point, and the solid, as
there exists a small range of temperatures during
which the particle may be soft enough to stick on
impact.This is more common in ash, which has more
particles that undergo glass transition, but is applied
here to create a general case.
A viscosity sticking model is proposed by
which draws on a number of authors’ work.
First, a critical softening temperature is defined,
Particles above this have a sticking probability of 1.
Particles much below this have a probability of zero.
For particles in between, the probability function is:
(17) 
is the current particle temperature,
the viscosity at the critical sticking temperature, and
is the viscosity at the current particle
temperature. The temperature dependence of
viscosity of silicate and aluminosilicate melts can be
described by the following empirical relationship:
(18) 
   
Where and are constants that depend on the
chemical composition, or more specifically the
balance of amphoterics and modifiers as described
in Section 2.1. The ratio of non-bridging oxygens to
tetrahedral oxygens,  
  is:
Where the terms on the right hand side represent
the chemical formulas of the minerals present. The
constant varies with  
  while both and
are determined for two temperature regions (low and
high) and are determined by curve fitting
experimental results. The product is a relationship
between temperature and viscosity in the two
regions; the higher of the two is adopted by Barker.
3.3.2 Particle Residence Time
In order to apply the previous relationship, an
estimate of the particle temperature is required. As it
travels through the compressor, the particle’s
temperature can be assumed to rise in proportion to
the gas temperature. A small portion of the
particulate-laden flow is bled off the compressor to
the internal cooling channels of the compressor
blades, at which point the flow experiences a
sudden increase in temperature, especially within
the wall boundary layer. Conversely, particles that
pass all the way through the combustor and arrive at
the turbine blades may interact with a region of film
cooling and undergo a sudden decrease in
To model sudden changes in heat transfer to a
particle, a simple lumped mass approximation is
adopted. Consider the case of particles in the
cooling holes. Initially particles are at the
temperature of the compressor stage at which the
coolant was bled,
. The ambient gas temperature
. The particle temperature as a function of time
is given as:
 
Where represents residence time and is the time
constant. The time constant is dependent on
properties of the particle and the heat transfer
coefficient, :
(21)  
is the particle surface area,
is the
particle volume, and
is the specific heat capacity
at constant pressure of the particle. The heat
transfer coefficient, , can be approximated from the
analytic solution for conduction from a sphere.
The specific heat capacity at constant pressure
is assumed to be equal to the value at constant
volume, and can be found by looking again at the
chemical composition of the particle. The specific
heat capacity is estimated by adding the Kopp value
heat capacities of the constituent atoms. For
example, silicon has a heat capacity of 15.9 Jmol
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, while oxygen has a heat capacity of 16.7 Jmol
which means the heat capacity of quartz (SiO
is estimated as 49.3 Jmol
. Magnetite, a mineral
also found in desert samples, by comparison has a
heat capacity of 143.5 Jmol
3.3.3 Particle Fusibility
The tendency for deposited particulate to fuse
is also included in the rheology model. As single
molten particles stick to turbine surfaces and form a
deposit, the surface temperature can rise due to
inefficient cooling. The individual particles may begin
to agglomerate and form a coherent mass that may
stick more solidly to the turbine blade and insulate
the blade more thoroughly. Davison & Rutke
predicted the deformation temperature (DT) to be
the critical point at which particles under pressure
begin to sinter and exhibit more fluid-like properties.
A number of other key temperatures were identified
in the heating process that could help to define the
evolution of the deposited material, although more
work is required in this area. An initial step would be
to follow the procedure set by Davison & Rutke.
3.4 Deposition Model
The rheology model and deposition model are
interdependent: the particle trajectory through the
complex domain dictates the residence time hence
particle temperature, and ultimately where the
particle will stick if it meets the sticking criteria.
Likewise, as particles buildup, the flowfield and heat
transfer between the fluid and the blade are
affected, which then influences the particle trajectory
and rheology, and so on.
3.4.1 Particle Stokes Number
The Stokes number can be used to determine
how the fluid and inertial forces will influence the
motion of a particle. The Stokes number is a non-
dimensional parameter that represents the ratio of
particle response time to domain fluid response
time. The particle response time, or how fast the a
particle reacts to the fluid forces imposed upon it,
can be determined by the ratio of the effective
particle momentum to the acting fluid forces:
(22)  
is the particle response time,
is the fluid
response time,
is the fluid bulk velocity, and
the characteristic domain length, e.g. hydraulic
diameter. If a particle’s response to the fluid is
dominated by its own momentum forces, its
response time to a change in direction, for example,
will be longer than the fluid response time, resulting
in a Stokes number greater than 1, and vice versa. A
particle whose Stokes number is around unity is
likely to have its motion affected by both bouncing
and fluid forces
The particle shape in a given sample will vary
considerably, which means each has a unique drag
coefficient. It would be impossible to model this, so
without lack of generality the characteristic particle
diameter is that also implemented into Eq. (11).
The typical forces acting on a particle are drag,
gravitational forces, the Saffman lift force due to
shear of the surrounding fluid, added mass,
pressure and viscous forces, Bassett forces due to
fluid acceleration, Magnus lift force due to particle
rotation, forces due to particle rotation, and if the
particle is sub-micron in size, thermophoretic forces
and Brownian motion. For the size range of particles
that are likely to enter the engine i.e. 0.5-25 µm,
(see Ref.
), and considering the high density ratio of
dispersed to carrier phase, the only significant forces
are drag and gravitational forces
. Under these
assumptions, the simplified equation of motion of a
particle is given as:
is the particle velocity,
is the carrier
(gas) velocity,
is the particle diameter,
are the gas and particle densities, and
is the drag
Accurate models exist to predict the drag
coefficient, including those for non-spherical
particles that employ a shape factor as calculated in
Eq. (13), such as the model by Haider &
Where the coefficients
are a function of shape
factor, and
is the particle Reynolds number,
defined as:
(25) 
Eq. (24) is valid for Reynolds numbers below 
3.4.2 Capture Mechanisms
When the particle is in the vicinity of the wall, it
may experience forces that attract it closer to the
wall and retain it there. Of the four mechanisms
described by Hamed & Tabakoff
described in
Section 2.3, inertial impaction is the most important
for particles in the range of 0.5-25µm, whereby a
particle impingesa surface by virtue of its
momentum. If a particle’s trajectory takes it close to
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the wall, it may impinge the surface by virtue of its
bulk; this is known as direct interception and like
inertial impaction, depends on the particle Stokes
In most recent CFD studies on particle transport
in blade cooling holes and turbine nozzles, particles
are tracked in a Lagrangian framework (Refs.
[18], [21],
). If a particle trajectory impinges a wall, its
collision is assigned as either perfectly elastic
(bounces) or perfectly inelastic (adheres). The
sticking probability model outlined in Section 3.3.1
aims to create an intermediate condition, but
ultimately the process of deposition depends on
many factors and may require a case-specific
empirical model, such as in Ref.
3.4.3 Accumulation Rate
It follows that if deposition can be modelled,
then it may be possible to predictthe gradual
accumulation of a surface deposit that is large
enough to significantly influence the flowfield. An
accumulation model is difficult to derive analytically,
as the location of particle build-up may vary with flow
conditions, pressure ratio, particle properties and so
on. The situation is more conducive to a numerical
solution, as has been attempted in the literature
[21], [38]
. However, these authors did not model the
effect of accumulation on the flow. Modifying a
computational mesh in such small increments as to
capture individual particle deposition is likely to be
extremely computationally heavy.
A novel Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
simulation is proposed that models turbine cooling
hole blockage. The cooling hole geometry is initially
discretised with a structured mesh, with high cell
density at the wall. A quasi-steady state solution is
solved, whereby particles are tracked in a
Lagrangian framework, then updates to the flow
domain are made based on any particle interactions
with the wall and thermal boundary layer. The
particle’s temperature is updated along the trajectory
and its subsequent sticking probability, as calculated
in Section 3.3.1 is monitored. If the sticking
probability reaches unity, its path is terminated upon
collision with a wall. If the probability is zero, the
collision is considered elastic. For probabilities
between zero and unity, a random number generator
provides a number between 0 and 1; if the random
number generated is greater than the probability of
sticking, the particle reflects off the surface. It follows
that higher particle temperatures will have higher
probabilities of sticking, as the gap into which the
random number can fall decreases. This approach is
adopted from
If a particle is deemed to have adhered, its
location, physical properties and chemical properties
are recorded, along with the cell ID of the location.
Ideally that cell would resemble the shape of the
impacted particle and could be designated as solid.
However, the smallest cell size will still be larger
than the particle size. Instead, the cell’s permeability
and porosity is decreased to imitate the resistance to
flow caused by the presence of the particle. When
the cell’s porosity becomes zero, it is designated as
solid and influences the flow accordingly. After each
deposition ‘cycle’, in which all particle collisions have
updated their respective host cells, the flowfield is
updated and the process repeated. This approach
allows for the gradual accumulation of particulate on
the walls of a cooling hole to be modelled, and has
been applied successfully in a similar way by
Fotovati et al.
to model particle build-up on a
pleated filter. It allows the temporal reduction in
mass flow or increase in pressure loss to be found
as a function of particulate concentration and other
flow conditions. Since the work is in a nascent stage
and is yet to be verified, results are not presented
3.5 Turbine Deterioration Model
The deterioration of the turbine due to the two
locations of deposition results in three main effects:
a. Increase in overall blade temperature.
b. Reduction in nozzle area.
c. Loss of pressure across stage.
To compute these effects and gain a picture of
overall engine degradation, the following parameters
are determined.
3.5.1 Reduction in Flow Parameter
The gas turbine industry generally uses a term
called flow parameter (FP) for overall estimates of
coolant flow supplied to a particular airfoil. The flow
parameter is a non-dimensional term that is the ratio
of momentum force to pressure force, as discussed
by Hill et al.
(26) FP =
is the coolant mass flow rate,
is the
coolant total temperature, is the gas constant for
is the coolant total pressure, and
is the
cooling hole diameter.
Walsh &Thole
state that when the engine
flow parameter and temperatures are matched to
realistic engine conditions, the residence time of the
air in a component will match the residence time in
the airfoil component during operating conditions,
even if the pressure ratio is not matched. For a
particular airfoil at a given coolant temperature,
there exists a clear relationship between the flow
parameter and the pressure ratio. The flow
parameter only changes if the coolant temperature
changes, or if the geometry changes such as due to
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sand blockage. The percentage reduction in flow
parameter , due to sand blockage is given as:
(27)  
Where 
is the initial ‘clean’ flow parameter. This
parameter allows experimental or numerical
predictions of cooling hole blockage to be translated
to full-scale engine performance predictions.
3.5.2 Cooling Effectiveness
The cooling effectiveness is a dimensionless
parameter that gives an instantaneous evaluation of
the success at which the film cooling is reducing the
heat transfer from hot gas to blade. It is defined as:
is the temperature of the hot-gas stream,
is the adiabatic blade wall temperature, and
the coolant temperature. Rearranging Eq. 25 allows
the blade temperature to be found, assuming the
cooling effectiveness is known.
Igie et al.
state that the cooling effectiveness
can be obtained empirically for various cooling
techniques using a cooling mass flow function,
defined as:
is the coolant mass flow rate,
is the
gas mass flow rate,
is the coolant specific heat
is the gas specific heat capacity, 
the gas Stanton number,
is the cross sectional
area of the blade on which the bulk gas has an
is the number of cooling channels per
is the blade perimeter of the coolant
channels of the blade, and is the blade span.
3.5.3 Blade Lifetime
The consequence of ineffective cooling is an
increase in blade operating temperature upon which
the maximum allowable blade stress will strongly
depend.Under tensile stress, the blade will undergo
creep extension. For example, this maximum stress
may therefore be specified as that stress at which
the blade will not exceed a creep extension of 1%
for 100,000 hours of operation at the temperature in
question (Ref.
). Since all materials exhibit a loss
of strength with temperature, blade cooling is
essential if gas turbine inlet temperatures are to
continue to rise for better fuel efficiency.
The Larson-Miller time temperature parameter
is often used to evaluate the first rotor blade creep
life due to turbine entry temperature increase, as
described by Igie et al.
. It is based on the
assumption that an increase in blade operating
temperature will reduce the time taken to reach a
particular creep state. The L-M parameter, P, is
given as:
(30)  
is the blade operating temperature,
the time to failure, and is a material constant,
given the value of 20 in this industrial application. (A
value of is sought for the blade material used in
turboshaft engines).
Igie et al. investigated this for a two-spool
engine, assuming uniform temperature throughout
the blade chord and span and constant cooling
effectiveness, among other constants. Clearly in the
present case these assumptions cannot be made,
but it is thought that this can be overcome by
assuming a quasi-steady approach (reduction over
time of the time to failure,
). The P value is known
value that depends on the blade material.
3.6 Engine Model
The over-arching aim of the methodology
proposed is to predict engine degradation due to
sand ingestion, and relate this back to the physical
and chemical properties of the contaminant. By
using the equations presented, it should be possible
to calculate to first order accuracy the effect of
cooling hole blockage. This is done using the one-
dimensional gas turbine path anaylsis tool Gas
Simulation Program. The expected outputs are a
transient loss of power, quantified by a power
performance index, and a percentage reduction in
surge margin.
4 Concluding Remarks
A methodology was proposed that draws on the
existing literature on deposition in the hot end
turbomachinery. More specifically, it employs
existing empirical methods and analytical solutions
to quantify the reduction in coolant mass flow and
cooling effectiveness as a result of cooling hole
The rate of melting and sticking potential of
ingested sand is dependent on its chemical
properties, while the rate of ingestion of a given
contaminant is dependent on its particle size
distribution and subsequent Stokes number.
Deposition at the turbine stage of a helicopter
engine can occur within the cooling holes or on the
surface of the nozzle guide vane or blade surface.
The melting point is the key parameter to find, but is
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a function of the particle’s mineralogy and is not
simply a number. The softening of a material is an
evolutionary process, governed by the proportion of
mineral compounds in the sample. An important
observation from the literature is that test sands,
while being an appropriate surrogate for real sand in
terms of size distribution, do not represent the
chemical composition of the particles that evade
capture by the EAPS system.
This methodology is being developed to better
predict the degradation of engine performance.
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... The residue (trace amounts) is oxides of various metals including Fe2O3, MgO, CaO, K2O, Na2O and SO3 (Figure 1). The chemical composition of dust depends strictly on the composition and type of substrate, the location and altitude above the ground and climatic factors, such as winds, rains, snow, frost and droughts, as well as dust precipitation that has entered the atmosphere as a result of forest fires, landfills, industrial activities and volcanoes [8][9][10][11]. Mineral dust grains are very irregularly shaped lumps with sharp edges and are characterized by high hardness. On the 10-grade Mohs scale, where 10 corresponds to the hardness of diamond, silica has a hardness of 7 and corundum has a hardness of 9. Mineral dust has strong abrasive properties. ...
... The abrasive wear of engine components is caused mainly by particles of 1-40 µm, with dust grains of 1-20 µm being the most dangerous [9,[11][12][13]. The authors of [8] state that about 30% of the pollutants entering the engine may escape from the cylinders to the exhaust system unchanged together with the exhaust gases, thus increasing the emission of particulate matter (PM) from the engine. Only 10-20% of the dust that enters the engine with the air through the intake system settles on the cylinder liner walls. ...
... From Figure 17, it can be seen that the pressure loss in the cyclone is reduced mainly by using the F-type rectifying element. Using it in the cyclone outlet tube reduced the power loss by about 11% [8]. Figure 17 shows the components used to straighten the flow inside the outlet tube by Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co. [83], resulting in a reduction of pressure loss. ...
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It has been shown that tangential inlet return cyclones are commonly used for inlet air filtration of off-road vehicle engines. The wear of the engine elements, and thus their durability, is determined by the efficiency and accuracy of the inlet air filtration. It has been shown that the possibilities of increasing the separation efficiency or decreasing the pressure drop of a cyclone by changing the main dimensions of the cyclone are limited, because any arbitrary change in one of the dimensions of an already operating cyclone may cause the opposite effect. A literature analysis of the possibility of increasing the filtration efficiency of cyclones by modifying the design of selected cyclone components was conducted. In this paper, three modifications of the cyclone design with a tangential inlet of the inlet air filter of a military tracked vehicle were proposed and performed. The symmetrical inlet of the cyclone was replaced with an asymmetrical inlet. The cylindrical outlet tube was replaced with a conical tube, and the edges of the inlet opening were given an additional streamlined shape. The modification process was carried out on three specimens of the reversible cyclone with a tangential inlet. After each modification, an experimental evaluation of the modifications was carried out. The influence of the modifications on the cyclone’s efficiency characteristics and pressure drop was examined. Subsequent modifications of the cyclone were performed on the same specimen without removing the previous modifications. Tests were performed in the air flow range QG = 5–30 m3/h. Polydisperse “fine” test dust with grain size dpmax = 80 µm was used for testing. The dust concentration at the cyclone inlet was set at 1 g/m2. The performed modifications caused a slight (about 1%) increase in separation efficiency in the range of small (up to QG = 22 m3/h) flux values and about 30% decrease in pressure drop in the whole range of the QG flux, which positively influences the increase in engine filling and its power. There was a noticeable increase in filtration accuracy in the range of low and high values of QG flux, which results in a decrease in the wear of engine components, especially the piston-piston ring-cylinder (P-PR-C) association, and an increase in their durability.
... Aerosols generated by human activity are important in some cases and are briefly described in the next section. Debris ingested during takeoff and landing is most critical for military aircraft, 34,35 but can be a significant problem in commercial aircraft operating in airports where sand/dust storms are common. 33 More generally, the bulk of the ingestion occurs at higher altitudes and, thus, depends on the concentration of suspended particles. ...
A protocol for selecting representative silicate compositions for comparative testing of gas turbine coating materials is presented. It begins with a curated dataset of compositions of engine deposits and naturally occurring siliceous debris including volcanic ashes, sands and dusts. The compositions are first reduced to the five major oxides—those of Ca, Mg, Fe, Al and Si—and then distilled further using principal component analysis and k‐means clustering. The process ultimately yields four classes of possible deposits with common chemical characteristics. Each class is represented by a composition centroid and a range in Ca:Si ratios. Key thermophysical properties of the possible deposits are calculated and related to the glass network connectivity, characterized by the Si:O ratio. Finally, deposits from each of these classes are compared in terms of their reactions with prototypical thermal and environmental barrier oxides, with due consideration of the effects of composition variations within each deposit class. The protocol is, in principle, adaptable to datasets compiled by OEMs and researchers in gas turbine coatings. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
... This increases the emission of particulate matter (PM) from the engine The dust particles contained in the exhaust gas cause erosive wear to the exhaust valves and turbine blades of the supercharger as a result of the high velocity of the exhaust gas flowing through narrow valve gaps. Some of the dust particles whose melting point is much lower than the average temperature in the combustion chamber (1600K) melt [41]. Only 10-20% of the dust that enters the engine through the intake system settles on the cylinder liner walls. ...
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This paper systematically reviews the research progress in the field of the influence of air pollutants in the engine inlet on the accelerated wear of the elements of the association: piston, piston rings, cylinder liner (P-PR-CL), and plain bearing (journal–panel). It was shown at the outset that the primary component of air pollution is road dust. Its main components are dust grains of hard minerals (SiO2, Al2O3), which penetrate the oil film area between two frictionally mating surfaces causing their abrasive wear. Therefore, the effect of three dust parameters (grain size and hardness, and dust concentration in air) on the accelerated wear of the friction pair: piston, piston rings, cylinder liner(P-PR-CL), and plain bearing (journal–pan) is presented extensively. It was noted that the wear values of the same component were obtained by different researchers using different testing techniques and evaluated by different indices. It has been shown that the greatest wear of two frictionally cooperating surfaces is caused by dust grains with sizes equal to the thickness of the oil film at a given moment, which in typical combustion engine associations assumes varied and variable values in the range of 0–50 µm. The oil film thickness between the upper ring and the cylinder liner varies and depends on the crankshaft rotation angle, engine speed and load, and oil viscosity, and takes values less than 10 µm. It was shown that the maximum wear of the cylinder liner, resulting from the cooperation with the piston rings, occurs in the top dead centre (TDC) area and results from unfavorable (high temperature, low piston speed) operating conditions of these elements. From the extensive literature data cited, it follows that abrasive wear is caused by dust grains of specific dimensions, most often 5–20 µm, the greater the wear the greater the hardness of the grains and the sulfur content of the fuel. At the same time, it was shown that the main bearing, crankshaft bearing, and oil ring experienced maximum wear by a different range of particle size, respectively: 20–40, 5–10, and 20–80 μm. It was shown that the mass of dust that enters the engine cylinders and thus the wear of the components is determined by the concentration of dust, the value of which is definitely reduced by the air filter. However, it was pointed out that the low initial filtration efficiency and the presence of large dust grains in the purified air in the initial period of the filter operation (after replacement of the filter element with a new one) may have an impact on the accelerated wear of mainly (P-PR-CL) association. The next stage of the paper presents the effects of excessive wear of the cylinder liner and piston rings of the engine, resulting from actual vehicle operation and bench tests on the decrease in compression pressure and engine power, increase in the intensity of exhaust gas blow-by into the oil sump and increase in oil consumption and exhaust gas toxicity. This paper addresses the current problem of the effect of engine inlet air contaminants on the performance of the air flow meter, which is an essential sensor of the modern internal combustion engine. The phenomenon of deposition of contaminants (mineral dust, salt, carbon deposit, and moisture) on the measuring element (wire or layer anemometer) of the air flow meter has been analyzed. The empirical results presented show that the mineral dust layer on the measuring element of the air flow meter causes a 17.9% reduction in output voltage, and the dust and oil layer causes a 46.7% reduction in output voltage. This affects the decrease in engine power and exhaust toxicity.
... Dust sucked in with the air enters the piston, which makes the cylinder and piston top degrade the most, as well as the top piston rings. Abrasive engine component degradation is caused mainly by particles with a size of 1-40 µm, with the most dangerous dust grains in the range of 1-20 µm [9][10][11]. Dust grains below 50-100 µm are simply sucked in with the intake air. ...
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In this paper, the uneven air stream distribution problem of individual cyclones is studied in the multi-cyclones of intake air filters in special vehicles’ engines. This problem increases in multi-cyclones, in which several dozen cyclones have a common dust trap from which the collected dust is continuously removed by ejection suction. The aim of this study is the recognition of the theoretical and experimental possibility of reducing the streams’ unevenness, which should result in an efficiency increase in multi-cyclone separation. The methods that led to obtaining a relative stream uniformity from the suction of individual cyclones was analyzed. The method for creating equal pressure drops between the suction streams in the channels was used to achieve this goal. For this purpose, the internal structure of the multi-cyclone settler was changed. The multi-cyclone settling tank space was divided by vertical partitions into independent segments. The settling tank segment was then divided with horizontal shelves into suction channels of different heights, which were assigned a specific number of individual cyclones. The suction channels’ height was theoretically selected in terms of the equal resistance to air stream flow through the channels. For this purpose, the multi-cyclone dust settler segment model was developed. The theoretically determined suction channel’s height was verified by performing experimental flow tests in four (A, B, C, D) dust settler variants. Suction streams of satisfactory uniformity from the cyclones of the variant D settling tank were obtained at a level of 5%. In the next stage, experimental tests of the segment cyclones were carried out with dust before and after the division into suction channels of variant D for the settling tank. A significant increase was achieved from 93.73% to 96.08% in the cyclones’ separation efficiency, which were located as far away from the suction stub as possible and led to a reduction in the non-uniformity of cyclone efficiency in the segment. It follows that the multi-cyclone dust settling segment’s internal structure change gave the expected results.
... The primary constituents of the road dust are silica SiO 2 and corundum Al 2 O 3 , whose proportion in dust reaches 95%, as well as Fe 2 O 3 , MgO, and CaO. In addition, the dust contains oxides: K 2 O, Na 2 O, and SO 3 [1,2]. The chemical and polydisperse dust composition is influenced by many factors, mainly substrate composition and type, as well as location and height above the ground, climatic factors (winds, rains, snow, frost, droughts, etc.), as well as dust precipitation (industrial, from forest fires and volcanic ash precipitation) [3]. ...
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The paper presents a possible improvement of uniformity of dust extraction from individual cyclones of a multi-cyclone air filter with modifications of the dust collector design. The suggested dust collector model is divided into segments, with insulated extraction ducts, assigned to a specific number of individual cyclones. The concept of the division into extraction ducts and segments is presented based on the airfilter multicyclone of a special tracked vehicle. A physical and mathematical model of the dust collector segment is presented, and the heights of individual extraction ducts are calculated.
... The basic components of road dust are: SiO 2 silica and Al 2 O 3 alumina, which share in dust reaches 95%, and Fe 2 O 3, MgO, CaO. Moreover, the dust contains: K 2 O, Na 2 O, SO 3 [4,48]. Chemical composition of dust depends strictly on the composition and type of substrate, climatic factors (winds, rains, snow, frost, droughts, etc.), as well as on industrial dust, forest fire dust and volcanic ash [57]. ...
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The aim of this study was to verify the criteria for selecting pleated filter partitions used in passenger car engine filters. The paper presents the problem of optimizing pleated air filters in the dir ection of minimizing pressure drop, which is the source of engine energy losses. Two criteria for selection of a paper filter partition for specific operating conditions of the filter and the engine are presented: criterion of permissible separation speed and criterion of permissible pressure drop. The actual filtration area of 44 paper pleated filter elements used in passenger cars and the air stream flowing through the filter were determined, which made it possible to calculate separation speed. In 62% of the analyzed filter inserts, the calculated separation speeds are within the speed range recommended by the constructors, Fmax = 0,06-0,12 m/s. Exceeding permissible separation speed Fmax = 0,12 m/s was found mainly in supercharged engines. Negative effects of engine operation with an air filter with too small separation area are presented, in the form of increased pressure drop and energy loss of the engine as well as shorter car mileage to reach permissible pressure drop.
... The primary constituents of the road dust are silica SiO 2 and corundum Al 2 O 3 , whose proportion in dust reaches 95%, as well as Fe 2 O 3 , MgO, and CaO. In addition, the dust contains oxides: K 2 O, Na 2 O, and SO 3 [1,2]. The chemical and polydisperse dust composition is influenced by many factors, mainly substrate composition and type, as well as location and height above the ground, climatic factors (winds, rains, snow, frost, droughts, etc.), as well as dust precipitation (industrial, from forest fires and volcanic ash precipitation) [3]. ...
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The necessity of two-stage (multi-cyclone-baffle) inlet air filters used for motor vehicle engines operating under dusty conditions was demonstrated. The advantages of a set of several dozen cyclones (multi-cyclone) used for filtering inlet air in the engines were shown. The problem of dust accumulation separated by the cyclones in the multi-cyclone dust collector and the necessity of its removal on a current basis were analyzed. Methods of removing dust from the dust collector by means of the QS suction flow were described. It was demonstrated that the most rational method of forcing the suction flow is the use of the suction flow released from the engine. The study results are presented in this paper and show that the removal (by suction) of the accumulated dust from the dust collector additionally causes a noticeable increase in cyclone filtration efficiency. It was shown that the effective suction flow must not exceed 10–15% of the outlet flow value from the cyclone. It was evidenced that the suction of dust from the dust collector of the multi-cyclone, whose range covers several dozen cyclones, causes a differentiation in the value of the suction flows from the individual cyclones, which decreases the effect of suction and interferers with the proper operation of the cyclone. The use of a proprietary methodology, an experimental study of the irregularity of the suction from the cyclones of two multi-cyclones differing in construction, was performed. Suction flows from the cyclones, which were located at a significant distance from the main suction duct, showed 50% lower values. Possibilities of reducing the irregularity of the suction flows from the several dozen cyclones forming the multi-cyclone are presented.
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The paper presents the problem of the effect of air filter pressure drop on the operating parameters of a modern internal combustion engine with compression ignition. A literature analysis of the results of investigations of the effect of air filter pressure drop on the filling, power and fuel consumption of carburetor and diesel engines with classical injection system was carried out. It was shown that each increase in the air filter pressure drop Δpf by 1 kPa results in an average decrease in engine power by SI 1–1.5% and an increase in specific fuel consumption by about 0.7. For compression ignition engines, the values are 0.4–0.6% decrease in power and 0.3–0.5% increase in specific fuel consumption. The values of the permissible resistance of the air filter flow Δpfdop determined from the condition of 3% decrease in engine power are given, which are at the level of 2.5–4.0 kPa—passenger car engines, 4–7 kPa—truck engines and 9–12 kPa—special purpose vehicles. Possibilities of decreasing the pressure drop of the inlet system, which result in the increase of the engine filling and power, were analyzed. The program and conditions of dynamometer engine tests were worked out in respect to the influence of the air filter pressure drop on the operation parameters of the six-cylinder engine of the swept volume Vss = 15.8 dm3 and power rating of 226 kW. Three technical states of the air filter were modeled by increasing the pressure drop of the filter element. For each technical state of the air filter, measurements and calculations of engine operating parameters, including power, hourly and specific fuel consumption, boost pressure and temperature, were carried out in the speed range n = 1000–2100 rpm. It was shown that the increase in air filter pressure drop causes a decrease in power (9.31%), hourly fuel consumption (7.87%), exhaust temperature (5.1%) and boost pressure (3.11%). At the same time, there is an increase in specific fuel consumption (2.52%) and the smoke of exhaust gases, which does not exceed the permissible values resulting from the technical conditions for admission of vehicles to traffic.
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Citation: Dziubak, T.; Bąkała, L.; Dziubak, S.D.; Sybilski, K.; Tomaszewski, M. Experimental Abstract: Pollutant properties in intake air to internal combustion engines were analyzed. Mineral dust particles' influence on accelerated engine components' wear was discussed. Dust concentration values in the air under various operating conditions in trucks and special vehicles were presented. The idea and necessity for using two-stage filters, operating in a "multi-cyclone-porous partition" system for vehicles operated in dusty air conditions, are presented. Information from the literature information has been presented, showing that impurities in small grain sizes reduce fiber bed absorbency. It has been shown that such a phenomenon occurs during filter material operation, located directly behind the inertial filter (multi-cyclone), which off-road vehicles are equipped with. It results in a greater pressure drop intensity increase and a shorter proper filter operation period. It has been shown that filter material selection for the motor vehicle air filter requires knowledge of the mass of stopped dust per filtration unit area (dust absorption coefficient k m) determined for a given permissible resistance value ∆p fdop. It has been shown that there is no information on absorption coefficient values for filter materials operating in a two-stage "multi-cyclone-porous partition" separation system. Original methodology and conditions for determining dust absorption coefficient (k m) of a separation partition, operating under the conditions of two-stage filtration, were presented. The following characteristics were tested: separation efficiency, filtration performance, and pressure drop characteristics of three different filtration partitions. These were A (cellulose), B (cellulose and polyester), and C (cellulose, polyester, and nanofibers layer), working individually and in a two-stage system-behind the cyclone. Granulometric dust composition dosed into the cyclone and cyclone downstream was determined. During tests, conditions corresponding to air filter's actual operating conditions, including separation speed and dust concentration in the air, were maintained. For the pressure drop values, the dust absorption coefficient (k m) values of three different filtration partitions (A, B, and C), working individually and in a two-stage system-behind the cyclone-were determined experimentally.
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The effect of mineral dust in the air sucked in by an engine on accelerated component wear and reduction in performance was presented. The necessity to use two-stage air filters (multicyclone-paper insert) for military vehicles was shown. The results showed that placing an air filter in the path of the air entering the engine causes an additional pressure drop (air filter resistance increase), which leads to engine power decrease and increased fuel consumption. An analysis of model filter beds’ pressure drop changes (depending on bed parameters, aerosol flow parameters, and dust content) was carried out. It was revealed that it is very difficult to model changes in pressure drop in filter beds for actual conditions that appear during vehicle operation. The air filter pressure drop measurement results of more than 20 tracked vehicles operating in variable air dust concentration conditions were presented. The forms of selected regression models of the “life curve” type, best suited to the actual changes in air filters pressure drop as a function of the vehicle mileage, were determined. Significant differences were found between the same model values for different units of the tested vehicles. The quality of forecasting pressure drop value by selected functions was assessed by extrapolating them to the value of the next measurement and comparing the forecast and actual value. It was found that for the performed experiment, sufficiently good results of experimental data approximation and forecasting were obtained for a simple linear model.
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Multiple volcanoes erupt yearly propelling volcanic ash into the atmosphere and creating an aviation hazard. The plinian eruption type is most likely to create a significant aviation hazard. Plinian eruptions can eject large quantities of fine ash up to an altitude of 50,000 m (164,000 feet). While large airborne particles rapidly fall, smaller particles at reduced concentrations drift for days to weeks as they gradually descend and deposit on the ground. Very small particles, less than 1 μm, can remain aloft for years. An average of three aircraft encounters with volcanic ash was reported every year between 1973 and 2003. Of these, 8 resulted in some loss of engine power, including a complete shutdown of all four engines on a Boeing 747. However, no crashes have been attributed to volcanic ash. The major forms of engine damage caused by volcanic ash are: 1. Deposition of ash on turbine nozzles and blades due to glassification 2. Erosion of compressor and turbine blades 3. Carbon deposits on fuel nozzles The combination of these effects can push the engine to surge and flame out. If a flame out occurs, engine restart may be possible. Less serious engine damage can also occur. In most cases the major damage will require an engine overhaul long before the minor damage becomes an operational issue, but under some conditions no sign of volcanic ash is evident and the turbine cooling system blockage could go unnoticed until an engine inspection is performed. Several organizations provide aircrew procedures to respond to encounters with a volcanic ash cloud. If a volcanic ash encounter is suspected, then an engine inspection, including borescope, should be performed with particular attention given to the turbine cooling system.
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Deposition on film-cooled turbine components was studied in an accelerated test facility. The accelerated deposition facility seeds a natural-gas burning combustor with finely-ground coal ash particulate at 1180°C and 180 m/s (M = 0.25). Both cylindrical and shaped holes, with and without TBC coating, were studied over a range of blowing ratios from 0.5 to 4.0. Coolant density ratios were maintained at values from 2.1 to 2.4. Deposition patterns generated with the cylindrical film cooling holes indicated regions of low deposition in the path of the coolant, with heightened deposition between film holes. This distinctive pattern was more accentuated at higher blowing ratios. Optical temperature measurements of the turbine component surface during deposition showed elevated temperatures between coolant paths. This temperature non-uniformity became more accentuated as deposition increased, highlighting a mechanism for deposition growth that has been documented on in-service turbines as well. The shaped-hole components exhibited little or no deposition in the region just downstream of the holes, due to the distributed coolant film. Close cylindrical hole spacing of 2.25d displayed similar behavior to the shaped hole configuration.
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Particulate deposition experiments were performed in a turbine accelerated deposition facility to examine the nature of flyash deposits near film cooling holes. Deposition on both bare metal and thermal barrier coating (TBC) coupons was studied, with hole spacing (s/d) of 2.25, 3.375, and 4.5. Sub-bituminous coal ash particles (mass mean diameter of 13 μ m ) were accelerated to a combustor exit flow Mach number of 0.25 and heated to 1183 ° C before impinging on a target coupon. The particle loading in the 1 h tests was 310 ppmw. Blowing ratios were varied in these experiments from 0 to 4.0 with the density ratio varied approximately from 1.5 to 2.1. Particle surface temperature maps were measured using two-color pyrometry based on the red/gree/blue (RGB) signals from a camera. For similar hole spacing and blowing ratio, the capture efficiency measured for the TBC surface was much higher than for the bare metal coupon due to the increase of surface temperature. Deposits on the TBC coupon were observed to be more tenacious (i.e., hard to remove) than deposits on bare metal coupons. The capture efficiency was shown to be a function of both the hole spacing and the blowing ratio (and hence surface temperature). Temperature seemed to be the dominant factor affecting deposition propensity. The average spanwise temperature downstream of the holes for close hole spacing was only slightly lower than for the large hole spacing. Roughness parameters Ra and Rt decreased monotonically with increased blowing ratio for both hole spacing analyzed. The roughness for s / d = 3.375 was lower than that for s / d = 4.5 , especially at high blowing ratio. It is thought that these data will prove useful for designers of turbines using synfuels.
Inlet filtration systems are designed to protect industrial gas turbines from air borne particles and foreign objects, thereby improving the quality of air for combustion and reducing component fouling. Filtration systems are of varying grades and capture efficiencies, with the higher efficiency systems filters providing better protection but higher pressure losses. For the first time, two gas turbine engine models of different configurations and capacities have been investigated for two modes of operation (constant turbine entry temperature (TET) and load/power) for a two-and three-stage filter system. The main purpose of this is to present an account on factors that could decide the selection of filtration systems by gas turbine operators, solely based on performance. The result demonstrates that the two-spool engine is only slightly more sensitive to intake pressure loss relative to the single-spool. This is attributed to higher pressure ratio of the two-spool as well as the deceleration of the high pressure compressor (HPC)/high pressure turbine (HPT) shaft rotational speed in a constant TET operation. The compressor of the single-spool engine and the low pressure compressor (LPC) of the two-spool shows similar behavior: slight increase in pressure ratio and reduced surge margin at their constant rotational speed operation. Loss in shaft power is observed for both engines, about 2.5% at 1000 Pa loss. For constant power operation there is an increase in fuel flow and TET, and as a result the creep life was estimated. The result obtained indicates earlier operating hours to failure for the three-stage system over the two-stage by only a few thousand hours. However, this excludes any degradation due to fouling that is expected to be more significant in the two-stage system.
Significant progress has been made to date in modelling, computationally, the formation and development of the dust cloud that forms in the air surrounding the rotorcraft under brownout conditions. Modern computational methods are able to replicate not only the development of the dust cloud in appropriate operational scenarios, but also the sensitivity of the shape and density of the dust cloud to the detailed design of the rotorcraft. Results so far suggest that attempts to ameliorate brownout by aerodynamic means, for instance by modifying the rotor properties, will be frustrated to some extent by the inherent instability of the flow field that is produced by the helicopter. Nonetheless, very recent advances in understanding the fundamental mechanisms that lead to the formation of the dust cloud may allow substantial progress to be made once certain elements of the basic physics of the problem are more fully understood and better quantified.
Particle separators are fitted to helicopter engine intakes to remove potentially harmful dust from the influent air. Their use is necessary in desert environments to eliminate the risk of rapid engine wear and subsequent power deterioration. However, their employment is concomitant with an inherent loss in inlet pressure and, in some cases, auxiliary power. There are three main technologies: vortex tubes, barrier filters, and integrated inlet particle separators. The present study compares the pros and cons of each device, applying where possible analytical theory, and using computational methods to generate performance data. The vortex tube separators are found to achieve the lowest pressure drop, whereas the barrier filters exhibit the highest particle removal rate. The integrated inlet particle separator creates the lowest drag. The barrier filter and vortex tube separators are much superior to the integrated particle separator in improving the engine lifetime, based on erosion by uncaptured particles. The erosion rate predicted when vortex tube separators are used is two times that of a barrier filter; however, the latter experiences a temporal (but recoverable postcleaning) loss of approximately 1% power.
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An Inertial Particle Separator (IPS) is a device installed in the inlet of a gas turbine to mitigate effects of sand ingestion on the engine. While these devices have ideal pressure loss and weight characteristics, they are not as efficienct as other types of particle separating devices. In order to create more efficient inertial particle separators, it is necessary to understand the underlying flow mechanisms present. Previously, results from these tests have been compared to steady-state flow calculations, but recent work suggests that the flow field has unsteady characteristics. This work utilized Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) to quantify the fluid flow field of several IPS geometries. Results show that the average flow field fits expectations, but there are significant dynamics present in the instantaneous flow fields. © 2014, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. All rights reserved.
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An improved physical model to predict flyash deposition is developed and discussed in this paper. This model differs from its predecessor [1, 2] by accounting for deposition of syngas ash particles below the ash softening temperature. The modified deposition model is based on the critical viscosity approach. To test this model, deposition of ash particles impacted on a flat, 45° wedge shape geometry is computed and the results obtained from the numerical model are compared to Crosby et al. [3]. Large Eddy Simulation (LES) is used to model the flow field and flyash particles are modeled using a discrete Lagrangian framework. Results quantify deposition for 4 pm particles of various ash composition samples. Most of the deposition occurs at the stagnation region of the target plate. At 1456K, out of all the ash samples considered in this study, ND ash sample shows the highest capture efficiency (8.84%) and HNP01 ash sample exhibits the lowest capture efficiency (3.61%). In general, capture efficiencies for all ash samples followed an exponential trend with temperature. Additionally, this model is also compared to results obtained from the flat plate deposition experiments conducted here at Virginia Tech using PVC particles [4]. In the case of PVC particles, the sticking probability in the deposition model assumed an exponential increase in deposition rate with temperature and was calibrated with one experimental data point. The results obtained from this model for PVC particles showed excellent agreement with the experimental measurements over a range of temperatures.
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Significant interest exists in the military and commercial aerospace industry to be able to better predict and improve the durability of gas turbine jet engines that are operating in hostile desert environments, specifically, jet engines that see significant inlet sand or ash ingestion. This paper describes the development of a mixed CFD-empirical software tool that allows a detailed analysis of the kinematic and impact behavior of sand and other particulates in the near-field of turbomachinery blades and impellers. The tool employs a commercially available CFD solver to calculate the machine’s transient flow field and then uses the output to determine a set of non-dimensional coefficients in a set of empirical functions to predict the statistical probability of particles impacting on rotating or stationary surfaces. Based on this tool’s output information, improved inlet air filtering techniques, optimized engine maintenance practices, and component designs can be realized. To determine the empirical coefficient and to validate the method, PIV testing was performed on an airfoil in a wind tunnel, and then particle injection into a simple rotating impeller was tested on SwRI’s high-speed compressor test rig. Results from these tests allowed optimizing of the model to reflect rotating machinery particle impact behavior more accurately.