Stability

Another potential problem is due to rotor instability caused by gas dynamic forces. The frequency of this occurrence is non-synchronous. This has been described as aerodynamic forces set up within an impeller when the rotational axis is not coincident with the geometric axis. The verification of a compressor train requires a test at full pressure and speed. Aerodynamic cross-coupling, the interaction of the rotor mechanically with the gas flow in the compressor, can be predicted. A caution flag should be raised at this point because the full-pressure full-speed tests as normally conducted are not Class I ASME performance tests. This means the staging probably is mismatched and can lead to other problems [22]. It might also be appropriate to caution the reader: this test is expensive.

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