Certain polyatomic fluids with large molecular weights referred to as dense gases exhibit unusual thermodynamic and flow properties in the region of the thermodynamic critical point. A computer program developed to solve two-dimensional flow fields is used to analyze non- classical dense gas phenomena in the single-phase gas region. A two-step, flux-limited, total variation diminishing scheme solves the time-dependent Euler equations for supersonic steady flow fields and mixed subsonic and supersonic transient flow fields. Two non- ideal gas models are incorporated into the numerical scheme in order to simulate dense gas effects. The van der Waals model, which is the simplest gas model that will show dense gas behavior, is employed to economically demonstrate qualitative trends in dense gas flows. The more complex Martin-Hou model is incorporated for cases where quantitative accuracy becomes more important. Simulated flows over simple geometries such as wedges, arcs, ramps, and steps using both the van der Waals gas model and the perfect gas model demonstrate significant differences in wave field configurations between dense gases and ideal gases. Results are also computed using the Martin-Hou equation of state which is more conservative in predicting dense gas effects than the van der Waals model. In addition to exploring the basic nature of dense gas flows for simple geometries, the utilization of dense gas properties to improve the efficiency of organic Rankine- cycle engines is investigated. Simulations of supersonic dense gas flows through impulse turbine cascades demonstrate improvements in flow quality through the cascades by reducing losses due to shock waves.
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- Engineering: Aerospace, Physics: Fluid and Plasma