The performance of an axial compressor with either shrouded or cantilevered stators has been analyzed. The two configurations have been compared both at design and near stall operating conditions, with the aid of CFD and experimental measurements.

Results show that shrouded or cantilevered stators impact differently on the overall performance of the tested compressor. A higher stall margin occurs with the cantilevered build, while the work coefficient and the efficiency of the shrouded build at design conditions are higher.

An overall comparison of the shrouded and cantilevered design concepts has been carried out, not only in aerodynamic but also in economic terms.

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