Preliminary design code for an axial stage compressor
Ramakdawala, Rizwan R.
Shreeve, Raymond P.
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Current two-dimensional preliminary design codes use structured programming, which is rigid and does not allow the user to vary parameters easily. This study uses object-oriented programming to allow the user to vary all selectable parameters in a familiar Windows operating environment. The programmed design is based on the assumptions of axial and free-vortex flow between blade rows, simple radial equilibrium, and a thermally and calorically perfect gas. The program allows a fan or core stage design and uses an open architecture to facilitate upgrades and extensions. Using the Naval Postgraduate SchoolÎ±s (NPS) transonic compressor design as input, the preliminary design code output was compared to the detailed throughflow design of the transonic compressor. The results agreed reasonably well with detailed throughflow design. With some minor improvements this code can easily be used to develop a preliminary design that can be optimized to the userÎ±s requirements.
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