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Radial Compressor Design and optimization
This short course is the regular course on radial compressors thought at VKI to the turbomachinery students specializing in compressors in the context of the Research Master in Fluid Dynamics. It provides an overview of the present knowledge and flow models and intends to provide a good background for the people interested in the design of radial compressors.
Date: February 6, 2012 - February 10, 2012
Location: Waterloosesteenweg 72, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium
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Organizer: von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Application Areas: Turbomachinery
Type of Event: Conference, International


  • Applications and achievable efficiency
  • Transformation of energy in radial impellers and performance maps
  • Three dimensional flow in impellers
  • Blade loading
  • Two zone modeling
  • Slip factor
  • Disk friction
  • Secondary flows (mechanisms and control)
  • Vaneless and vaned diffusers
  • Inlet geometries and Inlet Guide Vanes
  • Stability and range
  • Rotating stall (types and control)
  • Surge (physics and control)
  • Flow and loss mechanisms in volutes
  • Return channel flow
  • Impeller response to circumferential distortion (radial forces and pressure fluctuations)
  • Real flow effects
  • Reynolds number
  • different gasses
  • scaling
  • Design of radial impellers (inverse design and optimization, optimum velocity distribution)
  • Design exercise using VKI software


Considering the limited number of participants (10 participants) it is highly recommended that the registration form is sent at the latest 15 days before the beginning of the course. A letter of acceptance and additional information will be sent on receipt of the application form.

Event record first posted on January 19, 2012, last modified on January 20, 2012

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