Transonic compressor blade tip flow visualization on a water table
Byrd, Alan K.
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The shock structure at the tip of a transonic compressor rotor was investigated on a water table. A four bladed cascade model was used and the wave pattern was examined at variable incidence, flow turning angles and back-pressures. Froude numbers, (equivalent to Mach numbers in the analogous two dimensional gas flow), in the range 1.6 to 1.74 resulted in an oblique shock between the blade passages starting from the leading edge pressure side of the blading. Qualitative agreement of the shock structure with earlier tests using the same blading in a transonic blow-down tunnel was observed, leading to the conclusion that the shock present in the compressor would be oblique and not normal as was previously assumed.
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