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Test techniques for obtaining off-nominal compressor data during engine tests

Abstract

Several unique techniques and related devices are described which are in use at the Lewis Research Center for off-design testing of fan and compressor sections in full-scale jet engines. The devices presented permit a wide range of experimental conditions and minimize downtime for hardware changes. The techniques involve use of such devices as inlet pressure distortion jets, a hydrogen burner for inlet temperature distortions, fan back pressure jets to simulate a variable area nozzle, and either an inflow-outflow bleed system or a fuel spurt system to alter compressor discharge pressure

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