RESEARCH PAPERS: Papers From Symposium on Three-Dimensional Flow in Turbomachines

A Centrifugal Compressor Flow Analysis Employing a Jet-Wake Passage Flow Model

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J. H. G. Howard

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

C. Osborne

Creare Incorporated, Hanover, N.H.

J. Fluids Eng 99(1), 141-147 (Mar 01, 1977) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448515 History: Received January 05, 1976; Online October 12, 2010


The streamline curvature through-flow analysis of a centrifugal impeller passage flow has been modified to include a flow model with a wake on the suction surface. With this model, empirically determined or measured impeller conditions can be matched without requiring a distributed stagnation pressure loss within the passage. Its use in impeller design is presented and comparison with experimental measurements from two impellers illustrate the utility of this approach. A brief discussion of experience with the associated forms of curve fitting and streamline smoothing required for the analysis solution is included.

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