Development of a small icing wind tunnel for simulating the initial stages of solid phase ice accretion

Saleh, Khalid and Buttsworth, David and Yusaf, Talal (2010) Development of a small icing wind tunnel for simulating the initial stages of solid phase ice accretion. In: 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC 2010), 5-9 Dec 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.

Abstract

A number of recent turbofan failures during aircraft transit through apparently benign regions of storm clouds at high altitude have been attributed to a previously unrecognised form of icing. In this new form of icing, water in the solid phase enters the engine and builds up on the early stages of the compressor. A small wind tunnel has been developed to investigate the physics of solid phase ice accretion at thermal conditions relevant to turbofan operation during transit through high altitude clouds. The design and operation of the wind tunnel facility is described and thermodynamic and aerodynamic performance of the facility is characterized through temperature, pressure, and flow rate measurements. Operational characteristics and limitations of the wind tunnel facility are discussed. Preliminary ice accretion results indicate that configuration changes are necessary to ensure that all of the water impacting on the model surface is ice.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof David Buttsworth
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 04:50
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 01:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: ice accretion; aircraft wings; storm clouds; high altitude; icing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090199 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090106 Flight Dynamics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18417

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