Flow instabilities in a compression system at low flow rates set the flow limit of the stable operating range. Experiments to investigate the feasibility of controlling the stall in the radial diffuser of a low speed centrifugal compressor were carried out. The technique was very simple and involved using rough surfaces (i.e., sand papers) attached to the diffuser shroud. The results showed that the flow instability in the diffuser (stall) was delayed to a lower flow coefficient (the mass flow rate could be reduced to 70% of its value with the smooth surface) when the rough surfaces were positioned on the diffuser shroud.

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