This paper reports the measurement and prediction of the three-dimensional flow field in an axial flow inducer operating at a flow coefficient of 0.065 with air as the test medium. The experimental investigations included measurement of the blade static pressure and blade limiting streamline angle, and measurement of the three components of mean velocity, turbulence intensities and turbulence stresses at locations inside the inducer blade passage utilizing a rotating three-sensor hot-wire probe. Analytical investigations were conducted to predict the three-dimensional inviscid flow and to approximately predict the three-dimensional viscid flow by incorporating the dominant viscous terms into the exact equations of motion in rotating coordinate system. Radial velocities are found to be of the same order as axial velocities and total relative velocity distributions indicate a substantial velocity deficiency near the tip at mid-passage. High turbulence intensities and turbulence stresses are concentrated within this core region. Evidence of boundary layer interactions, blade blockage effects, radially inward flows, annulus wall effects and back-flows are all found to exist within the long, narrow passages of the inducer, emphasizing the complex nature of inducer flow which makes accurate prediction of the flow behavior extremely difficult.

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