Numerical Investigations of Stall Development in a Transonic Axial Compressor Stage
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In this study, stall development on a previously tested axial compressor stage called NASA stage 35 was investigated by computational fluid dynamics software for the purpose of overcoming computational difficulties resulting from the secondary flow and tip vortex, and the results were compared to experimental data and other relevant studies in the literature. In the computational model, the k-epsilon turbulence model and the high-resolution scheme were employed to cope with flow uncertainties and to spatial discretization of the nonlinear equations, respectively. The pressure and temperature distributions obtained from k-epsilon turbulence model were in good agreement with experimental results. However, the performance map of the compressor showed that the error values between predicted total pressure ratios and experimental results increased as the compressor reached stall due to shockwave unsteadiness.
KeywordsAxial compressors CFD k-epsilon turbulence model Stall Transonic flow
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