Variable inlet guide vanes enhance the efficiency and stability of modern transonic compressors. The current quest for compact and highly efficient aero-engines requires for higher stage-loading and small axial gaps between adjacent blade rows, increasing interaction between blade rows and introducing further unsteadiness into the flow. Modeling these interactions is relevant to jet engine implementation.

Recent advancements in numerical simulation of unsteady flow in multiple blade rows create an additional way to investigate the flow patterns formed by the unsteady interaction. In the case of transonic compressors, the experimental and numerical database is small. The current article will contribute to this database by investigating the flow downstream of an inlet guide vane and the influence this flow has on the passage in a transonic compressor.

Unsteady flow phenomena are resolved by piezoresistive wall pressure tappings. Numerical and experimental data show that the interaction of blade rows influences the formation of the tip leakage vortex. Analyzing the vortex structure within the transonic compressor stage it is possible to show how the blade rows interact and how geometric modifications in the VIGV tip gap model influence simulation results.

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