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Axial compressor

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How Axial Compressors Works

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Axial Flow Air Compressor

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How does an axial flow compressor of a gas turbine or jet engine work ? Part-1 of 3.

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3D printed axial compressor

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Axial Compressor, How does it work?

An axial compressor is a compressor that can continuously pressurize gases. It is a rotating, airfoil-based compressor in which the gas or working fluid principally flows parallel to the axis of rotation, or axially. This differs from other rotating compressors such as centrifugal compressors, axi-centrifugal compressors and mixed-flow compressors where the fluid flow will include a "radial component" through the compressor. The energy level of the fluid increases as it flows through the compressor due to the action of the rotor blades which exert a torque on the fluid. The stationary blades slow the fluid, converting the circumferential component of flow into pressure. Compressors are typically driven by an electric motor or a steam or a gas turbine.
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    • Description 

    • Kinetics and energy equations 

    • Steady-state performance 

    • Development 

    • Axial-flow jet engines 

    • Design notes