The effect of difference in rotor tip clearance on the mean flow fields and unsteadiness and mixing across a stator blade row were investigated using hot-wire anemometry, pressure probes, flow visualization, and the ethylene tracer-gas technique on a single-stage axial flow compressor. The structure of the three-dimensional flow fields was discussed based on results of experiments using the 12-orientation single slanted hotwire technique and spectrum analysis of velocity fluctuation. High-pass filtered measurements of turbulence were also carried out in order to confirm small-scale velocity fluctuation, which is more realistically referred to as turbulence. The span-wise distribution of ethylene gas spreading, estimated by the measured small-scale velocity fluctuation at the rotor exit, agreed quite well with that which was experimentally measured. This fact suggests the significant role of turbulence, generated within the rotor, in the mixing process across the downstream stator. The value of the maximum mixing coefficient in the tip region was found to increase linearly as the tip clearance became enlarged, starting from the value at midspan.

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