An efficient diffuser is essential to a modern compressor stage due to its significance in stage performance, durability, and operability. To address the need for data that describe the complex, unsteady flow field in a vaned diffuser, particle image velocity is utilized to characterize the spanwise and circumferential variations in the flow features in the vaned diffuser passage of a transonic centrifugal compressor. The spanwise variation in the diffuser flow field is further investigated by the comparison of three different operating conditions representative of low, nominal, and high loading. These data demonstrate that not only the diffuser flow field is highly dependent on the operation conditions, e.g., hub-to-shroud variation increases with loading, but also the circumferential periodicity, created by the highly three dimensional impeller discharge flow, generates a larger unsteadiness toward the hub region of the vaned diffuser.
Particle Image Velocity Investigation of a High Speed Centrifugal Compressor Diffuser: Spanwise and Loading Variations
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Cukurel, B., Lawless, P. B., and Fleeter, S. (January 12, 2010). "Particle Image Velocity Investigation of a High Speed Centrifugal Compressor Diffuser: Spanwise and Loading Variations." ASME. J. Turbomach. April 2010; 132(2): 021010. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.3104616
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