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The Effect of Non-Equilibrium Boundary Layers on Compressor Performance

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Andrew P. S. Wheeler, Anthony M. J. Dickens, Robert J. Miller

Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. GT2017-64635, pp. V02BT41A040; 13 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 2B: Turbomachinery
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5079-4
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The paper investigates the effect of non-equilibrium behaviour of boundary layers on the profile loss of a compressor. The investigation is undertaken using both direct numerical simulation (DNS) of a mid-height section of a compressor blade and a reduced order model, MISES. The solutions are validated using experimental measurements made in the embedded stage of a multistage low speed compressor. The paper shows that up to 35% of the suction surface boundary layer of the compressor blade exhibits non-equilibrium behaviour. The size of this region reduces as the Reynolds number is increased. The non-equilibrium behaviour was found to reduce profile loss in most cases, however, in a range of cases where transition occurs through a small separation the presence of non-equilibrium behaviour was found to increase profile loss.

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