The present work aims at evaluating the effect of the impeller–diffuser interaction on the control of a hub corner separation, which develops in the radial vaned diffuser of a centrifugal compressor designed and built by Turbomeca, Safran group. Unsteady numerical simulations of the flow in the aspirated centrifugal compressor are then performed. Numerical results are validated by comparison with the available experimental results. The analysis of the numerical flow field shows that the hub-corner separation is not completely removed by the suction, on the contrary to the steady-state results that were obtained in previous work. The boundary layer separation is only translated downstream. Its location is explained by the scrolling of the pressure waves generated by the impeller–diffuser interaction, which strengthen when crossing the diffuser throat. This result highlights the major role played by the impeller–diffuser interaction, which should be taken into account for developing control strategies in radial vaned diffusers, and stresses the shortcoming of the steady-state numerical model when suction is applied.

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