Flow Measurements in Two Cambered Vane Diffusers With Different Passage Widths PUBLIC ACCESS

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W. Stein, M. Rautenberg

University of Hannover, West Germany

Paper No. 85-GT-46, pp. V001T03A013; 7 pages
  • ASME 1985 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Turbomachinery; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, March 18–21, 1985
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7938-2
  • Copyright © 1985 by ASME


To investigate the influence of the vaneless space between impeller exit and the diffuser vanes, datailed flow measurements in two diffusers with the same vane geometry but different passage width are compared.

The three-dimensional character of the flow changes between impeller exit and the entry to the two dimensional vanes depending on the shape of the shroud. After initial measurements with a constant area vaneless space, the width of the vaned diffuser was later on reduced by 10%. The compressor maps show an increase in overall pressure rise and efficiency with the width reduction.

To get further details of the flow field, measurements of the static pressure distribution at hub and shroud have been performed at several operation points for both diffusers. At the same points the flow angle and total pressure distribution between hub and shroud upstream and downstream of the vanes have been measured with probes. The maximum efficiency of the narrow diffuser is nearly 2% higher than for the wide diffuser. The measurements give further details to explain this improvements.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
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