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Numerical Analysis of Flow in a Transonic Compressor With a Single Circumferential Casing Groove: Influence of Groove Location and Depth on Flow Instability

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Yasunori Sakuma, Toshinori Watanabe, Takehiro Himeno

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Dai Kato, Takeshi Murooka, Yukari Shuto

IHI Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. GT2013-94988, pp. V06AT35A019; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 6A: Turbomachinery
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5522-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The effect of circumferential single grooved casing treatment on the stability enhancement of NASA Rotor 37 has been examined with CFD analysis. Stall inception mechanism of Rotor 37 is presented first with principal focus on the tip leakage flow behavior, passage blockage, and the vortical flow structures. Detailed observation showed that the combined interaction of the stagnated flow of tip leakage vortex breakdown and the jet-like leakage flow from the mid-chord region leads to the blade tip-initiated stall inception. The result of numerical parametric study is then demonstrated to show the effect of varying the axial location and the depth of a circumferential single groove. The evaluation based on stall margin improvement showed a higher potential of deeper grooves in stability enhancement, and the optimal position for the groove to be located was indicated to exist near the leading edge of the blade.

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