The Influence of Tip Clearance, Stage Loading, and Wall Roughness on Compressor Casing Boundary Layer Development PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
J. L. Bettner

Detroit Diesel Allison

C. Elrod

Aeropropulsion Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Paper No. 82-GT-153, pp. V001T01A060; 9 pages
  • ASME 1982 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • London, England, April 18–22, 1982
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7956-6
  • Copyright © 1982 by ASME


An experimental program was conducted in a highly loaded, single-stage, low-speed research compressor that featured variations in blade tip clearances, shroud wall roughness, and stage loading levels. The results showed that tip clearances and stage loading levels exerted a very strong influence on casing boundary layer growth. Shroud wall roughness not only showed some effect on casing boundary layer development, but also influenced stage stall margin. The results point out the need to understand the basic flow processes that occur if realistic mathematical models are to be developed so that casing boundary layer development and its influence on compressor stage performance can be accurately predicted.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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