The limit of rotating stall was experimentally determined for three very small specific speed centrifugal blowers. The impellers were specially designed for stall-free at very small flow rates, so that the cause of rotating stall could be attributed to the vaneless diffusers. Experimental results demonstrated that the blowers did not stall until the flow coefficient was reduced to very small values, which had never been reported in the literature. The critical flow coefficient for rotating stall agreed very well with the prediction based on a flow analysis and a criterion for rotating stall in vaneless diffusers developed by the authors.

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