An attempt is made in the present paper to apply DES (Detached Eddy Simulation), which is based on S-A model of RANS, for investigating the flow field around a subsonic compressor rotor with a tip clearance of 2% blade height. Comparison of the results by DES and S-A model shows that DES model can capture more intensive vortex flow, such as tip leakage flow, double leakage flow, as well as interaction between the leakage flow and wake flow downstream of the rotor passage. DES model predicts more complicated flow at the separation region near the hub. DES simulation for different operation conditions also reveals interesting details. The shedding angle and strength of the tip leakage flow changes with the blade loading. The starting point of the leakage vortex moves towards the leading edge when the blade loading increases. Double leakage is observed only at the design and higher loading conditions, and is not at a lower loading condition. The tip leakage vortex splits into two branches downstream of the rotor blade due to interaction with the wake flow. Instantaneous results show unsteadiness of the tip leakage vortex. Alternating regions of higher and lower loss is found along the time-averaged leakage vortex trajectory. Obvious is also the unsteadiness in the separation region near the hub.

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