An optimized subsonic compressor tandem cascade was investigated experimentally and numerically. Since the design aims at incompressible applications, a low inlet Mach number of 0.175 was used. The experiments were carried out at the low speed cascade wind tunnel at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. For the numerical simulations, the CFD-solver TRACE of DLR Cologne was used, together with a curvature corrected k-ω turbulence model and the γ-Reθ transition model. Besides the incidence variation, the aerodynamic loading has also been varied by contracting endwalls. Results are presented and discussed for different inlet angles and endwall contractions: pressure distribution, loss coefficient, turning, pressure rise, AVDR and Mach number. The comparison of experimental and numerical results is always adequate for a large range of incidence. In addition, a comparison is made to an existing high subsonic tandem cascade and conventional cascades. For the latter the Lieblein diffusion factor has been employed as a measure of aerodynamic loading to complete the Lieblein Chart of McGlumphy [1].

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