Transition Effect on Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interaction on Compressor Blade

  • Ryszard Szwaba
  • Piotr Doerffer
  • Piotr Kaczynski
Conference paper


Intensive research on the laminar flow is carried out nowadays. The main objective is to keep the laminar boundary layer as long as possible for the drag or losses reduction, depending on the application. Nevertheless, in some applications, the laminar layer interaction with the shock wave may lead to a strong flow separation. The process of separation usually becomes unsteady and causes buffeting at airfoils and shock oscillations in the internal flows. Shock oscillation causes pulsation of pressure, and consequently a change of the blade load. The main objective of this research is to study the effect of transition on the flow structure of the shock wave boundary layer interaction. This paper focuses on the influence of boundary layer transition on the flow pattern in the blade passage of a compressor cascade. The main question is whether the induced transition upstream of the shock can improve the pressure unsteadiness and the flow downstream of the interaction. The results presented here concern experimental investigations and the used combination of various methods allowed gaining an insightful analysis of the application of transition control devices into a complex flow structure in a compressor cascade passage.


Laminar boundary layer Transition Compressor cascade 



The research leading to these results received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under Grant Agreement No. 265455 (TFAST) [12].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryszard Szwaba
    • 1
  • Piotr Doerffer
    • 1
  • Piotr Kaczynski
    • 1
  1. 1.Experimental Aerodynamics DepartmentInstitute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (IMP PAN)GdanskPoland

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