In this paper both rotordynamic and thermodynamic analysis of a multistage centrifugal compressor running with one or more stages in post-stall condition are presented. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the machine can operate stable and safe in such condition (i.e. stable condition means the head vs. flow operating curve shall have negative slope and safe means a vibration free machine). This allows to extend the operating range at lower flow with respect to the current day-by-day design practice. Experimental results from ASME PTC10 Class 2 test carried out on a seven-stage compressor are shown to validate the analysis.

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