The fundamental flow physics of multistage blade row interactions is experimentally investigated, with unique data obtained which quantify the unsteady harmonic aerodynamic interaction phenomena. In particular, a series of experiments is performed in a three-stage axial flow research compressor over a range of operating and geometric conditions at high reduced frequency values. The multistage unsteady interaction effects of the following on each of the three vane rows are investigated: (1) the steady vane aerodynamic loading, (2) the waveform of the aerodynamic forcing function to each vane row, including both the chordwise and traverse gust components.

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