Reduced-Order Modeling of Unsteady Viscous Flow in a Compressor Cascade Academic Article uri icon


  • A simultaneously coupled viscous-inviseid interaction (VII) analysis is used to model the unsteady viscous separated flow through a subsonic compressor. The inner viscous flow around the airfoil and in the wake is modeled using a finite difference discretization of the boundary-layer equations and a one-equation turbulence transport model. The outer inviscid flow is modeled using a variational finite element discretization of the compressible full potential equation. The viscous and inviscid regions are simultaneously coupled using a injection type boundary candition along the airfoil and wake. The resulting nonlinear unsteady equations are linearized about the noolinear steady flow to obtain a set of linear equations that discribe the unsteady small-disturbance behavior of the viscous flow through the caseade. The discretized small-disturbance VII equations are used to form a generalized, quadratic, non-Hermitian eigenvalue problem that describes the eigenmodes (natural modes) and eigenvalues (natural frequencies) of fluid motion about the cascade. Using a Lanczos algorithm, the eigeninformation is computed efficiently for various steady inflow angles and unsteady interblade phase angles. The eigenvalues and eigenmodes are then used in conjunction with a classical mode summation technique to construct computationally efficient reduced-order models of the unsteady flow through the cascade. Using just a few eigenmodes, less than 0.01% of the total number, the unsteady aerodynamic loads acting on vibrating airfoils (the aeroelastic stability problem) can be efficiently and accurately computed over a relatively wide range of reduced frequencies provided that one or more static corrections are performed. Finally, eigenvalues the eigenvectors and provide physical insight into the unsteady aerodynamic behavior of the cascade. For example, we show the ability of the present eigenanalysis to predict purely fluid mechanic instabilities such as rotating stall.

published proceedings

  • AIAA Journal

author list (cited authors)

  • Florea, R., Hall, K. C., & Cizmas, P.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Florea, Razvan||Hall, Kenneth C||Cizmas, Paul GA

publication date

  • June 1998