Experimental data on the wall shear stress of a turbulent boundary layer on the suction side of a blade in a two-dimensional radial impeller is compared with the predictions of a theory which takes account of rotation and curvature effects as well as the three-dimensional influence of the endwall boundary layers. The latter influence is assumed to arise mainly from mainstream distortion due to secondary flows created by the endwall boundary layers, and it appears as an extra term in the momentum integral equation of the blade boundary layer which has allowance, also for the Coriolis effect; an appropriate form of the Head entrainment equation is derived to obtain a solution and a comparison made. A comparison of the above theory with the Patankar-Spalding prediction method, modified to include the effects of Coriolis (including mixing length modification, MLM), is also made.

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