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Impact of Vortex Produced by a Novel Curve-Micro Vortex Generator on Secondary Flow in Compressor Cascade

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Shan Ma, Wuli Chu, Haoguang Zhang, Lanpan Li, Jinhua Lang

Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China

Paper No. GT2017-63948, pp. V02AT39A023; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5078-7
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The performance of compressor cascade is considerably influenced by secondary flow. An extensive experimental study of vortex generator (VG) applied on axial compressor was conducted by many scholars, in order to control these effects. Particularly, MVG is one of the hot researches in present to restrain secondary flow. On the foundation of research experience finished by the former scholars, a new Curve-micro vortex generator (C-MVG) was proposed in this paper. In order to investigate the effect of C-MVG on secondary flow in low-Mach number cascade, the present was carried out on a high-loaded axial compressor cascade with incoming flow of Ma<0.3. The experiment of baseline was conducted at a low speed (incompressible) cascade wind tunnel. The C-MVGs were placed on the end-wall at a distance of 7% chord length ahead of passage and a pitch distance of 26 mm from the leading edge of suction side. 8 cases with different spacing and θVGs were calculated. The height of all the C-MVGs were 5 mm and each case was comprised of 3 vanes.

At design and stall incidence angle (−1 deg and 8 deg), the total pressure loss coefficient averaged by mass-flow (Loss) in the outlet was analyzed with numerical method of k-omega turbulence model. Different combinations of C-MVGs were compared. Results show that the Loss in 140% axial chord length (Ca) after leading edge was increased on design condition. At 8 deg incidence angle, all cases could delay the inception of separation and decrease loss. The case VGθ3 showed the highest loss reduction benefit of 7.3%, which indicated that C-MVGs could control the large separation area effectively.

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