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Off-Design Flow Measurements in a Centrifugal Compressor Vaneless Diffuser

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A. Pinarbasi

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cumhuriyet, Sivas, Turkey

M. W. Johnson

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

J. Turbomach 117(4), 602-608 (Oct 01, 1995) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2836574 History: Received February 04, 1994; Online January 29, 2008

Abstract

Detailed measurements have been taken of the three-dimensional velocity field within the vaneless diffuser of a backswept low speed centrifugal compressor using hot-wire anemometry. A 16 percent below and an 11 percent above design flow rate were used in the present study. Results at both flow rates show how the blade wake mixes out more rapidly than the passage wake. Strong secondary flows inherited from the impeller at the higher flow rate delay the mixing out of the circumferential velocity variations, but at both flow rates these circumferential variations are negligible at the last measurement station. The measured tangential/radial flow angle is used to recommend optimum values for the vaneless space and vane angle for design of a vaned diffuser.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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