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Low Reynolds number experiments in an axial flow turbomachine


Neustein, Joseph (1957) Low Reynolds number experiments in an axial flow turbomachine. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


The performance of a single stage, axial flow turbomachine was studied experimentally at very low Reynolds numbers. The investigation had two primary objectives: first, a quantitative evaluation of overall performance as a function of Reynolds number, and second, a study of the flow within the blade rows.

The investigation established that sudden or critical changes in performance do not occur in the type of machine tested between a Reynolds number (based on rotor tip speed and rotor chord) of 150,000 and 20,000. The deterioration of performance is explained in terms of viscous flow phenomena within the blade rows.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Rannie, W. Duncan
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1957
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-07152004-095340
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ID Code:2891
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Deposited On:16 Jul 2004
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 02:55

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