The Effect of a Diffuser on the Characteristic of Stable Operation of a Centrifugal Compressor Stage,
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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Experimental results are presented from studies of stages of centrifugal compressors with different diffusors in relation to geometric characteristics of channels and grids with the number of vanes and vane placement angle are varied. A well defined analytic relationship has been established between the onset of flow separation with the moment of equality of the average flow angle at the outlet from the ring with intake angles of diffusor vane placement. Recording of the moment of onset of separation by oscillography and study of flow formation in the gap behind the ring with a pneumo probe confirmed the conclusion of constancy of flow angle in separation independently of rotor revolutions and affords tracking the analytic and experimental limits of separation for satisfactory agreement.
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