Friction Factor Behavior From Flat-Plate Tests of Smooth and Hole-Pattern Roughened Surfaces With Supply Pressures up to 84 Bars Conference Paper uri icon


  • A flat-plate tester was used to measure the friction-factor behavior for a hole-pattern-roughened surface apposed to a smooth surface. The tests were executed to characterize the friction-factor behavior of annular seals that use a roughened-surface stator and a smooth rotor. Friction factors were obtained from measurements of the mass flow rate and static pressure measurements along the smooth and roughened surfaces. In addition, dynamic pressure measurements were made at four axial locations at the bottom of individual holes and at facing locations in the smooth plate. The test facility is described, and a procedure for determining the friction factor is reviewed. Three clearances were investigated: 0.635, 0.381, and 0.254 mm. Tests were conducted with air at three different inlet pressures (84, 70, and 55 bars), producing a Reynolds numbers range from 50,000 to 700,000. Three surface configurations were tested including smooth-on-smooth, smooth-on-hole, and hole-on-hole. The hole-pattern plates are identical with the exception of the hole depth. For the smooth-on-smooth and smooth-on-hole configurations, the friction factor remains largely constant or increases slightly with increasing Reynolds numbers. The friction factor increases as the clearance between the plates increases. The test program was initiated to investigate a "friction-factor jump" phenomenon cited by Ha et al. in 1992 in test results from a flat-plate tester where, at elevated values of Reynolds numbers, the friction-factor began to increase steadily with increasing Reynolds numbers. They tested apposed honeycomb surfaces. For the present tests, the phenomenon was also observed for tests of apposed roughened surfaces but was not observed for smooth-on-smooth or smooth-on-rough configurations. When the phenomenon was observed, dynamic pressure measurements showed a peak-pressure oscillation at the calculated Helmholtz frequency of the holes. Copyright © 2010 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Childs, D. W., Kheireddin, B., & Phillips, S.

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publication date

  • October 2010