This paper describes an experimental method used to find particle restitution coefficients. The equations that govern the motion of solid particles suspended by a compressible gas flow through a turbomachine depend on the restitution coefficients. Analysis of the data obtained by a laser-Doppler velocimeter (LDV) system of the collision phenomenon gives the restitution ratios as a function of the incidence angle. From these ratios, the particle velocity components after collision are computed and used as the initial conditions to the solution of the governing equations of motion for particle trajectories. The erosion of metals impacted by small dust particles can be calculated by knowing the restitution coefficients. The alloy used in this investigation was 410 stainless steel.

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