The Buzz-Saw Noise Generated by a High Duty Transonic Compressor

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M. G. Philpot

Ministry of Technology, National Gas Turbine Establishment, Pyestock, Farnborough, Hants, England

J. Eng. Power 93(1), 63-68 (Jan 01, 1971) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3445406 History: Received January 13, 1970; Online July 14, 2010


The buzz-saw noise made by a two-stage transonic research compressor has been investigated experimentally over a range of tip relative Mach numbers up to 1.56. The results show that the phenomenon is due to the propagation at supersonic relative tip speeds of the steady rotating pressure field associated with the first-stage rotor blades. The flow entering the tip section of the rotor has been analyzed theoretically and the circumferential pressure fluctuations computed, with good agreement with near-field measurements. The analysis leads to a clearer understanding of the dependence of the noise on inlet Mach number and three-dimensional effects and indicates the types of rotor irregularity which will most influence the harmonic content.

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