Development of Controlled Diffusion Airfoils for Multistage Compressor Application PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
D. E. Hobbs, H. D. Weingold

Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corporation, East Hartford, CT

Paper No. 83-GT-211, pp. V001T01A058; 11 pages
  • ASME 1983 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 27–31, 1983
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7951-1
  • Copyright © 1983 by ASME


A series of Controlled Diffusion Airfoils has been developed for multistage compressor application. These airfoils are designed analytically to be shock free at transonic Mach number and to avoid suction surface boundary layer separation for a range of inlet conditions necessary for stable compressor operation. They have demonstrated, in cascade testing, higher critical Mach number, higher incidence range, and higher loading capability than standard series airfoils designed for equivalent aerodynamic requirements. These airfoils have been shown, in single and multistage rig testing, to provide high efficiency, high loading capability, and ease of stage matching, leading to reduced development costs and improved surge margin. The Controlled Diffusion Airfoil profile shapes tend to have thicker leading and trailing edges than their standard series counterparts, leading to improved compressor durability.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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