Measurements have been made of the pressure recovery of straight wall, single plane divergence diffusers with inlet Mach numbers between 0.2 and choking (0.2 ≤ Mt < 1.0). In contrast to the widely held assertion in the literature, there is no “critical” inlet subsonic Mach number above which pressure recovery decreases drastically. Two aspect ratios, AS = 0.25 and 1.0, have been studied for a range of length-to-throat-width ratios L/W1 and divergence angles 2θ around the regions of peak recovery. Diffuser performance maps are given showing pressure recovery Cp as a function of diffuser geometry for fixed values of throat Mach number Mt, throat blockage B, and aspect ratio AS. Significant changes in the location and magnitude of pressure recovery do occur with variations in Mt, B, and AS. The importance to the designer of a knowledge of how diffuser performance depends upon geometric and diffuser inlet parameters is discussed.

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