An Investigation of Compressor Map Width Enhancement and a Detailed Analysis of Inducer Flow Field

S. Sivagnanasundaram, Stephen Spence, Juliana Early, B. Nikpour

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This paper describes an investigation of various shroud bleed slot configurations of a centrifugal compressor using CFD with a manual multi-block structured grid generation method. The compressor under investigation is used in a turbocharger application for a heavy duty diesel engine of approximately 400 hp. The baseline numerical model has been developed and validated against experimental performance measurements. The influence of the bleed slot flow field on a range of operating conditions between surge and choke has been analysed in detail.
The impact of the returning bleed flow on the incidence at the impeller blade leading edge due to its mixing with the main through-flow has also been studied. From the baseline geometry, a number of modifications to the bleed slot width have been proposed, and a detailed comparison of the flow characteristics performed. The impact of slot variations on the inlet incidence angle has been investigated, highlighting the improvement in surge and choked flow capability. Along with this, the influence of the bleed slot on stabilising the blade passage flow by the suction of the tip and over-tip vortex flow by the slot has been considered near surge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalHKIE Transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Bibliographical note

This paper was awarded the Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2010 by the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers

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