In recent years, a number of authors have studied entropy generation in Wells turbines. This is potentially a very interesting topic, as it can provide important insights into the irreversibilities of the system, as well as a methodology for identifying, and possibly minimizing, the main sources of loss. Unfortunately, the approach used in these studies contains some crude simplifications that lead to a severe underestimation of entropy generation and, more importantly, to misleading conclusions. This paper contains a re-examination of the mechanisms for entropy generation in fluid flow, with a particular emphasis on RANS equations. An appropriate methodology for estimating entropy generation in isolated airfoils and Wells turbines is presented. Results are verified for different flow conditions, and a comparison with theoretical values is presented.

Numerical evaluation of entropy generation in isolated airfoils and Wells turbines

Ghisu T.;Cambuli F.;Puddu P.;Mandas N.;SESHADRI, PRANAY;
2018-01-01

Abstract

In recent years, a number of authors have studied entropy generation in Wells turbines. This is potentially a very interesting topic, as it can provide important insights into the irreversibilities of the system, as well as a methodology for identifying, and possibly minimizing, the main sources of loss. Unfortunately, the approach used in these studies contains some crude simplifications that lead to a severe underestimation of entropy generation and, more importantly, to misleading conclusions. This paper contains a re-examination of the mechanisms for entropy generation in fluid flow, with a particular emphasis on RANS equations. An appropriate methodology for estimating entropy generation in isolated airfoils and Wells turbines is presented. Results are verified for different flow conditions, and a comparison with theoretical values is presented.
CFD; Entropy generation; RANS equations; Wells turbines; Condensed Matter Physics; Mechanics of Materials; Mechanical Engineering
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