Three-dimensional spanwise pressure loss and flow angle deviation variations have been deduced from NASA, university, and industrial sources from middle-stage research compressors operating near design point. These variations are taken as the difference above or below that predicted by blade element theory at any spanwise location. It was observed that the magnitude of the three-dimensional loss and deviation in the endwall regions is affected by hub and casing boundary layer thickness, camber, solidity, and blade channel aspect ratio for stators and rotor hubs. Rotor tip variations were found to depend on casing boundary layer thickness and tip clearance. Simple design point loss models derived from these data can aid in the design of axial compressor middle stages.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.