This paper concentrates on the stall inception analysis of transonic compressors with chordwise and axial sweep. A new prediction approach of stall inception is developed based on global stability analysis and immersed boundary theory, which makes it possible to take both the concrete blade geometry and the complicated base flow into consideration. The prediction of stall inception boils down to an eigenvalue problem. Spectral collocation method is adopted to discretize the eigenvalue equations and the eigenvalues are solved by using singular value decomposition method. The developed prediction approach is validated on two different typical transonic compressors, a single stage compressor and an isolated-rotor compressor, which shows a good agreement with the experimental data. The latter is adopted as a baseline rotor for the investigation of chordwise and axial sweep. By adjusting the stacking line of the baseline rotor, a series of swept rotors are modeled and the stall inception behavior of them is predicted by using the developed approach. The comparison of stall inception behaviors between these rotors is presented, and in combination with steady flow analyses, the effects of sweep features on the stall inception in transonic compressors are discussed.

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