Experimental studies of stall inception in axial compressors typically involve the measurement of basic flow variables (often pressure or velocity) with low spatial resolution. These measurements are used to make inferences about the fluid dynamics of stall. This experimental paradigm has been used by many investigators to great effect over the last several decades. However, several limitations remain which restrict the utility of these types of measurements for developing further insight into stall inception physics. Primary among these limitations is the impracticality of making measurements within the rotating blade passages. This is especially troublesome in light of recent computational studies which indicate that the generation of short length-scale rotating disturbances is related to the rotor tip clearance flow. This study utilized the results of a recent full annulus rotating stall simulation to investigate the relationships between the casing pressure field and less observable flow quantities which are believed to be causally related to the generation of rotating disturbances. The CFD results are assumed to represent the true flow physics within the compressor. To the extent that this approximation is true, these results can be used to interpret the meaning of experimental measurements of basic flow variables. These observations not only provide new insight into the interpretation of the large catalog of experimental stall measurements found in the literature, they also give directives for future measurements and numerical simulations.

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