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Influence of Non-Uniform OGV on High Pressure Compressor Performance

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Ping Yang, Weiliang Xie, Feng Xu, Jinzhang Feng

AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China

Paper No. GT2013-95234, pp. V06AT35A029; 6 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


Generally, the outlet guide vanes (OGV) of a high pressure compressor (HPC) have a single vane profile and are placed uniformly circumferentially. However, in some situations, portions of the OGV are thickened to be accommodated to some special requirements which may result in negative influences on the HPC performance.

This paper describes the design of a non-uniform OGV row of a multi-stage HPC. The OGV is periodically composed of one thick vane and two thin vanes. A series of vanes are selected by changing vane geometry parameters including vane stagger and camber, location of maximum thickness, thickness distribution, chord length and vane circumference position. Numerical simulations of these different non-uniform OGV rows along with the same rotor upstream are carried out to evaluate the impact of these parameters on the non-uniform OGV performance. Through this “manual-iteration” process, the best configuration is selected as the final “optimized” design.

The results show that, firstly, it is beneficial to set the suction surface incidence angle of the thick airfoils the same with that of the thin airfoils for uniform incoming flow field; secondly, the divergence rate of passage should be carefully controlled to reduce the loss coefficient; thirdly, the vane circumference position should be adjusted to keep the mass flow of each passage being equal to ensure uniformity of the outlet flow field. Finally, it is demonstrated that after optimization, the adverse effects of the non-uniform OGV on the whole HPC performance can be nearly eliminated.

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