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Low-Cost Rotating Experimentation in Compressor Aerodynamics Using Rapid Prototyping

Mathias Michaud, Petro Milan and Huu Duc Vo

Article (2016)

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Cite this document: Michaud, M., Milan, P. & Vo, H. D. (2016). Low-Cost Rotating Experimentation in Compressor Aerodynamics Using Rapid Prototyping. International Journal of Rotating Machinery, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/8518904
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With the rapid evolution of additive manufacturing, 3D printed parts are no longer limited to display purposes but can also be used in structural applications.The objective of this paper is to show that 3D prototyping can be used to produce low-cost rotating turbomachinery rigs capable of carrying out detailed flow measurements that can be used, among other things, for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code validation. A fully instrumented polymer two-stage axial-mixed flow compressor test rig was designed and fabricated with stereolithography (SLA) technology by a teamof undergraduate students as part of a senior-year design course. Experiments were subsequently performed on this rig to obtain both the overall pressure rise characteristics of the compressor and the stagnation pressure distributions downstream of the blade rows for comparison with CFD simulations. In doing so, this work provides a first-of-a-kind assessment of the use of polymer additive technology for low-cost rotating turbomachinery experimentation with detailed measurements.

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Subjects: 2100 Génie mécanique > 2100 Génie mécanique
Department: Département de génie mécanique
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: Gouvernement du Québec, BPR Inc., CRSNG / NSERC, Discovery Grant program
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 12:36
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 10:43
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/3609/
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Journal Title: International Journal of Rotating Machinery (vol. 2016)
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/8518904


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