A CFD Method for Axial Thrust Load Prediction of Centrifugal Compressors Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents the development of a numerical algorithm for the computation of axial thrust load on a centrifugal compressor. An unstructured flow solver has been developed for the computation of a hybrid, structured and unstructured grid. The computational domain of the impeller has been discretized using a structured mesh, while the computational domain on the back side of the wheel has been discretized using an unstructured mesh. The two grids are merged and a median dual-mesh is generated. The Navier-Stokes equations are discretized using a finite volume method. Roe's flux-difference scheme is used for inviscid fluxes and directional derivatives along edges are used for viscous fluxes. The gradients at the mesh vertices are calculated using the Least-squares method. An explicit scheme is used for time integration. Convergence is accelerated using a local time-step and implicit residual smoothing. The results of the numerical simulation include the axial thrust load of the centrifugal compressor. In addition, details of the leakage flow are presented.

published proceedings

  • International Journal of Turbo and Jet Engines

author list (cited authors)

  • Han, Z., & Cizmas, P.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Han, Zhen-Xue||Cizmas, Paul GA

publication date

  • January 2003