Synthetic Separation Control Using Vortex Generator and Slot Jet in a High Load Compressor Cascade


1 School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Air Force Engineering University, Shaanxi Xi’an 710038, China

2 Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401331, China


The compressor cascade performance is significantly restricted by the secondary flow mainly presented as the trailing edge separation and corner stall. This paper develops a synthetic flow control approach in a high turning cascade using the vortex generator and slot jet approach. Numerical simulations were conducted to assess the flow control benefits and illustrate the flow control mechanisms. Four configurations, the baseline, the two indi-vidual approaches and the synthetic approach, were simulated to compare the separation control effects. The simulations show that all the three configurations achieve considerable improvements of the cascade perfor-mance and the cascade sensitivity to incidence angle is greatly decreased. The synthetic approach improves the most among them which is almost the superposition of the two individual ones. In the synthetic approach, the trailing vortex induced by the vortex generator suppresses the end wall cross flow and deflects the passage vor-tex, and then prevents the production of corner stall; at the same time, the slot jet speeds up the trailing edge separation caused by the cascade high camber. Owing to the combination of the two aspects, the synthetic ap-proach restricts the developments of secondary flow and vortices in the cascade, and improves the outflow uni-formity. The synthetic approach nicely utilizes the advantages of the two individual approach while avoids the shortages by the complementation, so it can achieve more powerful flow control effects. At the end, vortices models are established to illustrate the secondary flow structure and the flow control mechanisms.