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Non-Axisymmetric Stator Design for Boundary Layer Ingesting Fans

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E. J. Gunn, C. A. Hall

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. GT2017-63082, pp. V001T01A003; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Fans and Blowers; Marine; Honors and Awards
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5077-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


In a Boundary Layer Ingesting (BLI) fan system the inlet flow field is highly non-uniform. In this environment, an axisymmetric stator design suffers from a non-uniform distribution of hub separations, increased wake thicknesses and casing losses. These additional loss sources can be reduced using a non-axisymmetric design that is tuned to the radial and circumferential flow variations at exit from the rotor.

In this paper a non-axisymmetric design approach is described for the stator of a low-speed BLI fan. Firstly sectional design changes are applied at each radial and circumferential location. Next, this approach is combined with the application of non-axisymmetric lean. The designs were tested computationally using full-annulus unsteady CFD of the complete fan stage with a representative inlet distortion. The final design has also been manufactured and tested experimentally.

The results show that a 2D sectional approach can be applied non-axisymmetrically to reduce incidence and diffusion factor at each location. This leads to reduced loss, particularly at the casing and midspan, but it does not eliminate the hub separations that are present within highly distorted regions of the annulus. These are relieved by non-axisymmetric lean where the pressure surface is inclined towards the hub. For the final design, the loss in the stator blades operating with BLI was measured to be 10% lower than for the original stator design operating with undistorted inflow. Overall, the results demonstrate that non-axisymmetric design has the potential to eliminate any additional loss in a BLI fan stator caused by the non-uniform ingested flow-field.

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