Study of Pressure Shock Caused by a Vortex Ring Separated From a Vortex Rope in a Draft Tube Model

S. G. Skripkin, M. A. Tsoy, P. A. Kuibin, S. I. Shtork

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Operating hydraulic turbines under part- or over-load conditions leads to the development of the precessing vortex rope downstream of the turbine runner. In a regime close to the best efficiency point (BEP), the vortex rope is very unstable because of the low residual swirl of the flow. However, strong pressure pulsations have been detected in the regime. These oscillations can be caused by self-merging and reconnection of a vortex helix with the formation of a vortex ring. The vortex ring moves along the wall of the draft tube and generates a sharp pressure pulse that is registered by pressure transducer. This phenomenon was investigated on a simplified draft tube model using a swirl generator consisting of a stationary swirler and a freely rotating runner. The experiments were performed at Reynolds number (Re) = 105. The measurements involved a high-speed visualization technique synchronized with pressure measurements on the draft tube wall, which enables an analysis of the key stages of vortex ring formation by comparing it with the pressure on the draft tube wall. Quantitative information regarding the average velocity distribution was obtained via the laser Doppler anemometer (LDA) technique.

Original languageEnglish
Article number081103
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017




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