Observations of Wake-Induced Transition on an Axial Compressor Blade FREE

[+] Author Affiliations
W. J. Solomon, G. J. Walker

University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia

Paper No. 95-GT-381, pp. V001T01A097; 12 pages
  • ASME 1995 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, June 5–8, 1995
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7878-1
  • Copyright © 1995 by ASME


A closely-spaced array of hot-film gages fully covering both suction and pressure surfaces on the outlet stator of a 1.5-stage axial compressor was used to obtain dynamic measurements of wall shear stress. Observations were made over a range of Reynolds numbers at an incidence close to the design value. Various methods of presnting the data, including time-space contour plots of ensemble-average intermittency from the film gages are analyzed: related problems of interpretation are discussed. Extensive regions of laminar flow were identified on the suction surface: at the highest Reynolds number, small laminar patches were still evident at 85% chord and transitional flow covered up to 70% of suction surface length. The influence of passing rotor wakes on transition varied markedly with Reynolds number. The behavior of wake-induced transitional strips on the suction and pressure surfaces of the compressor blade differed significantly; their propagation characteristics also varied in some respects from those observed on turbine airfoils.

Copyright © 1995 by ASME
Topics: Compressors , Wakes , Blades
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