Engine combustion and performance research

Alicat has been cited in over 1,000 peer-reviewed research papers. The following papers focus on engine combustion and performance and emerging technologies in that field. Contact us if you’d like your research to be highlighted.

Sealing performance of a turbine rim chute seal under rotationally-induced ingestion


This study focuses on the sealing capability of a turbine rim seal subject to hot gas ingestion driven purely by the rotor disc pumping effect rather than that induced by mainstream features such as vane and rotor blade passing. The aim is to provide useful data for conditions in which rotation dominates, and to clarify the flow physics involved in rim sealing. Experimental measurements of sealing effectiveness for a chute seal are presented for the first time without and with an axial, axisymmetric mainstream flow external to the seal. The test matrix covers a range of rotational Reynolds number, Reø, from 1.5×106 to 3×106, and non-dimensional flow rate, Cw, from 0 to 4×104 with the mainstream flow (when present) scaled to match engine representative conditions of axial Reynolds number, Reax.

Results from steady pressure and gas concentration measurements within the rotor-stator disc cavity and the rim seal gap are presented and compared to published data for other seal designs. Sealing performance of the chute seal is somewhat similar to that of axial clearance seals with the same minimum clearance.


Bru Revert, A., Beard, P. F., Chew, J. W., & Bottenheim, S. (2020). Sealing performance of a turbine rim chute seal under rotationally-induced ingestion. Journal of Physics. Retrieved 2021, from https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/1909/1/012035/meta.

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