Process and apparatus for recovery from rotating stall in axial flow fans and compressors

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1998-07-21
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Active recovery from a rotating stall operating condition in an axial flow compression system is accomplished by altering the temperature and/or density of the working fluid flowing in the inlet of the compression system once rotating stall is detected. A burner is used to increase the compressor inlet flow temperature and concomitantly reduce the inlet flow density. Alternatively, a low density gas such as helium is injected into the compressor inlet. The ingestion of high temperature gases or other low density gases into the compressor energizes a dynamic response from the compression system that induces rotating stall recovery.

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