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Natural Transition Phenomena on an Axial Compressor Blade

[+] Author Affiliations
J. D. Hughes, G. J. Walker

University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Paper No. 2000-GT-0264, pp. V003T01A069; 16 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2000: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Munich, Germany, May 8–11, 2000
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7856-9
  • Copyright © 2000 by ASME


Data from a surface hot-film array on the outlet stator of a 1.5 stage axial compressor are analyzed to look for direct evidence of natural transition phenomena. An algorithm is developed to identify instability waves within the Tollmien Schlichting (T-S) frequency range. The algorithm is combined with a turbulent intermittency detection routine to produce space∼time diagrams showing the probability of instability wave occurrence prior to regions of turbulent flow. The paper compares these plots for a range of blade loading, with free-stream conditions corresponding to the maximum and minimum inflow disturbance periodicity produced by inlet guide vane clocking. Extensive regions of amplifying instability waves are identified in nearly all cases. The implications for transition prediction in decelerating flow regions on axial turbomachine blades are discussed.

Copyright © 2000 by ASME
Topics: Compressors , Blades



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