Aerodynamic performance of a variable-geometry axial-flow compressor inlet guide vane configuration for a gas turbine unit was determined in a series of annular cascade tests. The variable-geometry vanes used uncambered, symmetrical airfoil sections as the basic blade profile with the rear 70 percent of the vane profile movable as a trailing-edge flap. Vane flap mechanical setting angles of 0 to 50 deg measured from the axial direction were possible, and performance parameters were determined over this range of angles. Turning angles followed a general trend obtained with Carter’s rule for accelerating cascades with the presently measured values tending to be lower than those obtained with Carter’s rule at higher setting angles. For large camber angles (greater than 35 deg) zero-incidence blade element total-pressure loss coefficients for the 50 percent passage location of the flapped vanes tested were higher than those that might have been obtained with a continously cambered vane row of the same solidity and camber.

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