Accession Number : ADA130659

Title :   Axial Compressor Middle Stage Secondary Flow Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Wagner,Joel H ; Dring,Robert P ; Joslyn,H David

PDF Url : ADA130659

Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 98

Abstract : This report describes an experimental investigation of the secondary flow within and aft on an axial compressor model with thick endwall boundary layers. The objective wa sto obtain detailed aerodynamic and trace gas concentration traverse data aft of a well documented isolated rotor for the ultimate purpose of improving the design phases of compressor development based on an improved physical understanding of secondary flow. It was determined from the flow visualization, aerodynamic, and trace gas concentration results that the relative unloading of the midspan region of the airfoil inhibited a fullspan separation at high loading, thus preventing the massive radial displacement of the hub corner stall to the tip. Radial distribution of high and low total pressure fluid influenced the magnitude of the spanwise distribution of loss, such that there was a general decrease in loss near the hub to the extent that, for th least loaded case, a negative loss (increase in total pressure) was observed. The ability to determine the spanwise distribution of blockage was demonstrated. Large blockage was present in the endwall regions due to the corner stall and tip leakage with little blockage in the core flow region. Hub blockage was found to increase rapidly with loading.

Descriptors :   *Axial flow compressors, *Secondary flow, *Compressor rotors, Boundary layer flow, Pressure distribution, Hubs, Stalling, Flow separation, Aerodynamic loading, Unloading, Blocking, Flow visualization, Trace gases

Subject Categories : Fluid Mechanics
      Jet and Gas Turbine Engines

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE