Abstract

The tip-leakage vortex (TLV) cavitation is a challenging issue for a variety of axial hydraulic turbines and pumps from both technical and scientific viewpoints. The flow characteristics of the TLV cavitation were widely studied in the past decades, but the knowledge about the tip-leakage cavitating flow is still limited. The present paper reviews the progresses in the researches of the TLV cavitation, including the numerical methods for the TLV cavitation, the flow characteristics of the TLV, the influences of the TLV cavitation on the local flow field and the control strategies of the TLV cavitation. It is indicated that the non-condensable gas may play an important role in the development of the TLV cavitation, and this fact should be considered during a careful simulation of the TLV cavitation. It is also suggested that the development of the TLV cavitation will significantly influence the distributions of the vorticity and the turbulence kinetic energy. Due to the complexity of the TLV cavitation, it is still an open question how to suppress the TLV cavitation in a simple but effective way. Finally, based on these understandings, some advanced topics for the future work are suggested to further promote the study of the TLV cavitation, for a deeper knowledge about the TLV cavitation.

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