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Thermal Engineering by Sukumar Pati, Sadhu Singh

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Chapter 15

Axial Flow Air Compressors

15.1 ❐ INTRODUCTION

In an axial flow compressor, the air flows throughout the compressor parallel to its axis. Axial flow compressor has many merits over centrifugal compressor and is particularly suitable for super charging of internal combustion engines, turbojets, and gas turbines.

15.2 ❐ CONSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES

The cross-section of a typical axial flow compressor is shown in Fig. 15.1. It consists of adjacent rows of moving and fixed blades. The moving blades are mounted on the rotating drum and the fixed blades are fixed to the casing or stator. One stage of the compressor comprises a row of moving blades, followed by a row of fixed blades.

The blades belong to the aerofoil section designed on the basis ...

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