Numerical and experimental investigations into protection net icing at the helicopter engine inlet

Jincheng Tang, Yongqi Xie, Jianqin Zhu, Xianwei Wang, Siyuan Liu, Jianzu Yu, Hongwei Wu

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Abstract

The ice shapes of the protection net at different times are firstly simulated by a 2D icing calculation, then the porous media parameters are calculated based on the 2D ice shapes. Afterwards, a three-dimensional (3D) flow fields of the engine inlet with the iced net are simulated using the porous media model instead of the real protection net. The transient pressure losses of the iced protection net are calculated and tested through an icing wind tunnel test rig under different icing conditions. Overall the numerical results and experimental data shows a good agreement. The effects of several control parameters such as liquid water contents (LWC), water droplet diameters, and airflow velocities on the pressure loss of the protection net during the icing process are analyzed in a systematic manner. The results indicate that the pressure loss increases with the increase of the LWC at the same icing time. The same trend occurs when the water droplet diameter and the airflow velocity increase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1513-1525
Number of pages13
JournalAircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology
Volume93
Issue number10
Early online date29 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

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