3D blading technique is an effective way to mitigate flow separation and improve the performance of turbomachinery. Non-axisymmetric endwall contouring technique is widely used to reduce transverse secondary flows near the endwall region in turbines, while the application of non-axisymmetric endwall contouring to compressors is rare.
The investigation rig is the Northwestern Polytechnical University dual-stage counter-rotating compressor. In order to further improve the aerodynamic performance of the compressor, 3D blading optimization of the two rotors and outlet guide vane (OGV) was done in multistage environment at near stall condition. After 3D blading optimization, the radial secondary flows of the two rotors and the separation vortex at the tip of OGV are obviously reduced. However, the transverse secondary flows at the hub endwalls of the two rotors are scarcely improved. Based on the 3D blading optimization, non-axisymmetric hub endwall contouring optimization of the two rotors was carried out afterwards and the circumferential secondary flow losses of the two rotors are reduced effectively. The efficiency of the counter-rotating compressor on optimization point increases and the aerodynamic performance is improved largely after 3D blading and non-axisymmetric hub endwall contouring optimization.