Comprehensive experimental investigations were conducted to get deeper insight into the physics of stator clocking in turbomachines. Different measurement techniques were used to investigate the influence of varying clocking positions on the highly unsteady flow field in a 1.5-stage axial low-pressure (LP) turbine. A Reynolds number typical for LP turbines as well as a two-dimensional blade design were chosen. Stator 2 was developed as a high-lift profile with a separation bubble on the suction side. This paper presents the results that were obtained by means of unsteady x-wire measurements upstream and downstream of Stator 2 and surface mounted hot-film measurements on the Stator 2 suction side. It was found that for the case when the Stator 1 wakes impinge close to the leading edge of Stator 2 the interaction between the Stator 1 and the rotor vortical structures takes place in proximity of the Stator 2 boundary layer, which leads to a shift of the transition point in the upstream direction. The major loss parameter concerning the Stator 2 aerodynamic performance could be attributed to the strength of the periodic fluctuations within the Stator 2 suction side boundary layer. A phase shift in the quasiwall shear stress signal in the front region of the Stator 2 vane was observed for different clocking positions.

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