An experimental investigation into the overall influence of struts spanning a double divergent annular diffuser followed by a straight cored annular diffuser has been undertaken in order to determine the performance of various strut configurations over a wide range of inlet swirl conditions. Two strut profiles have been investigated in four and eight strut configurations. Results have shown that the presence of struts under no swirl conditions have a relatively small effect on the overall total pressure loss. Increasing the inlet swirl angle to 20° has shown that the struts are able to assist in recovery of the swirling flow such that the pressure recovery nearly approaches that without struts, despite increased total pressure losses. Performance at 40° swirl is highly dependent on strut profile; the higher thickness-to-chord ratio strut configurations show minimal decrease in pressure recovery compared to 20° swirl, while the lower thickness-to-chord ratio configurations experiences a significant decrease as the result of significant flow separation from the struts. The exit swirl number has been shown to correlate strongly with the strut profile shape, while the number of struts had only a secondary influence. The exit velocity profiles show significant distortions at 40° swirl, and as a result the ideal pressure recovery calculated from the inlet and exit profiles change with strut configuration at 40° swirl.

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