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The Effect of Ultrapolish on a Transonic Axial Rotor

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William B. Roberts

Airfoil Technologies International, Freemont, CA

Patricia S. Prahst

AP Solutions, Solon, OH

Scott Thorp, Anthony J. Strazisar

NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Paper No. GT2005-69132, pp. 381-387; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2005: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Turbo Expo 2005, Parts A and B
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 6–9, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4730-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3754-8
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Back-to-back testing has been done using NASA fan rotor 67 in the Glenn Research Center W8 Axial Compressor Test Facility. The rotor was baseline tested with a normal industrial RMS surface finish of 0.5–0.6 μm (20–24 microinches) at 60, 80 and 100% of design speed. At design speed the tip relative Mach number was 1.38. The blades were then removed from the facility and ultrapolished to a surface finish of 0.125 μm (5 microinch) or less and retested. At 100% speed near the design point, the ultrapolished blades showed approximately 0.3–0.5% increase in adiabatic efficiency. The difference was greater near maximum flow. Due to increased relative measurement error at 60 and 80% speed, the performance difference between the normal and ultrapolished blades was indeterminate at these speeds.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Rotors



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