Return channel de-swirl vanes form an integral part of a centrifugal compressor stage for multi-stage configuration. In this paper, a few configurations of return channel vanes (RCV) are arrived at by modifying the blade angle and thickness distribution from leading edge to the trailing edge. Influence of these two parameters on the overall performance of return channel in terms of total pressure loss co-efficient and static pressure recovery co-efficient along with stage exit flow angle are evaluated through CFD analysis.
CFD results show that, proper thickness distribution after maximum thickness point to the trailing edge improves the stage exit flow angle but not the total pressure loss co-efficient and static pressure recovery co-efficient. Whereas, by suitably modifying the blade angle distribution, all the three performance parameters can be improved considerably.