Aerofoil active flow control has been attempted to increase the permissible loading of boundary layers in gas turbine components. Steady suction and blowing, pulsing and synthetic jets are all means to remove low energy flow, replace momentum deficits, or promote mixing to inhibit boundary layer separation. A curved surface near the trailing edge (“Coanda surface”) is another technique used to control aerofoil boundary layer separation. This paper presents the design of a stator with active flow control for a high speed compressor using a Coanda surface. The Coanda surface is located behind an injection slot on the aerofoil suction side of the first stage of a four-stage high speed research compressor. The design method and the present results are based on steady numerical calculations. The design intent is to reduce the number of vanes. This active flow control is used to maintain the flow exit angle of the reference stator despite the resulting increase in stator loading. It is shown that the solidity of the flow-controlled stator can be decreased by 25% with a blowing rate of 0.5% of the main mass flow.

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