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Influence of Rotor Tip Flow Field Mis-Prediction on Rotating Disturbance Near Surge in a High Speed Multistage Compressor

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Johannes Schreiber

Safran Group – Snecma, LMFA, Ecully Cedex, France

Xavier Ottavy, Ghislaine Ngo Boum

Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Ecully Cedex, France

Nicolas Gourdain

ISAE, Toulouse, France

Paper No. GT2016-57372, pp. V02AT37A037; 13 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Turbomachinery
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4969-9
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In this work, unsteady numerical results and high-frequency measurements are investigated from nominal to loaded operating points with the objective to contribute to the understanding of pre-stall rotating disturbances. A 3.5 stages high speed axial multistage compressor is investigated on a 2 MW test rig in the laboratory of fluid mechanics (LMFA) at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France. The compressor has been built by Snecma, and is representative of modern high-pressure rear blocks of a modern aircraft engine. The unsteady numerical results predict a rotating disturbance in the tip flow field of the rotor 2 at the loaded operating point. It causes a frequency which is not a multiple of the periodicity of the compressor, and is rotating at about 72% of the shaft speed. The mesh independency of this disturbance is ensured. The analysis of the circumferential and axial propagation of the disturbance reveals a rotating instability like phenomenon. Most characteristic is the very important periodic oscillation of the tip leakage vortex trajectory, leading to a modulation of the leakage flow in the neighboring tip gap. The influence of the neighboring blade rows is investigated by filtering their unsteady contribution by means of mixing planes up and/or downstream of the rotor 2. In either case, the rotating disturbance is found to be still present. There are no traces of this rotating disturbance in the high-frequency measurements investigated at a near surge operating point. A spike like stall inception and almost instantaneous surge inception is identified. The mis-prediction of the tip region flow field in the rotors 2 and 3 is believed to cause the mis-prediction of the pre-stall disturbance.

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