A theory is developed to describe the inviscid core in two-dimensional unstalled diffusers with suction (extraction) on the diverging walls. Experimental wall static pressure distributions and streamline patterns agree well with those predicted theoretically. Under appropriate extraction conditions, a stagnation region is located downstream of the diverging wall extraction station. Experimental verification of the streamline patterns and of the location of this stagnation region was achieved via hydrogen bubble visualization. In addition, the possible stall conditions, which result if improper extraction is employed, are described qualitatively.

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