The upstream and downstream flows of a radial inlet swirler were investigated by using a 2-D Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV) probe. The radial profiles of axial and tangential velocities at various axial locations were obtained. The effects of Reynolds Number, swirler exit configuration and combustor outlet condition were examined. The results reveal that the combustor outlet condition has strong influence on the downstream flow field of the swirler. The effect of Reynolds Number depends on the swirler exit configurations. The influence of the convergent configuration from swirl chamber to orifice on the flow fields is very small whereas the influence of the divergence at the swirler exit is significant. The upstream and downstream flows of the radial inlet swirler are of sub-critical nature, thus the swirler exit configuration and combustor outlet condition significantly affect the flow fields.

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