Experimental results from a study of the three-dimensional flow in a linear compressor cascade with stationary endwall at design conditions are presented for tip clearance levels of 1.0, 2.0, and 3.3 percent of chord, compared with the no-clearance case. In addition to five-hole probe measurements, extensive surface flow visualizations are conducted. It is observed that for the smaller clearance cases a weak horseshoe vortex forms in the front of the blade leading edge. At all the tip gap cases, a multiple tip vortex structure with three discrete vortices around the midchord is found. The tip leakage vortex core is well defined after the midchord but does not cover a significant area in traverse planes. The presence of the tip leakage vortex results in the passage vortex moving close to the endwall and the suction side.

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