Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Internal Aerodynamics in Aero-Engine, School of Power and Energy, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, Shan Xi Province, 710072, China
Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Internal Aerodynamics in Aero-Engine, School of Power and Energy, Northwes
Inertial Particle Separator (IPS) is widely used as an important inlet protection device for turbo-shaft aero engine to protect the core engine in seriously polluted environment. In order to improve the separation efficiency of the IPS, an investigation was conducted to study the influence of critical geometrical and aerodynamic parameters on IPS performance, and Response Surface Method（RSM）was applied to explore the interaction between different parameters and obtain the response of the IPS performance on different parameters. Results show the separation of the sand particle in the IPS is achieved by the inertial accumulation of the sand particle, the trajectories of particles with small size are dominated by flow direction while paths of particles with larger size are dominated by the individual particle inertia and bounce characteristics from the IPS walls. The separation efficiency of the IPS is not only affected by the single geometrical parameters or aerodynamic parameter, but also apparently influenced by the interaction effects between different parameters. The most conspicuous influencing factor for the IPS separation efficiency on the AC-Coarse dust is Math and the interaction effects between Ro1 and Math. IPS separation efficiency on the AC-Coarse dust is improved by 3.8% by multi-factors optimization based on RSM, and the sand particle with size larger than 8 micron can be completely separated.