A new method for centrifugal and mixed-type compressors flow paths design based on a unique integrated conceptual design environment is presented in this article. At the heart of this new method is the translation of proven, integrated design environments that have been successfully used for axial turbomachinery for many years. This integrated environment is a seamless and swift processing scheme that incorporates stages aerodynamic analysis and preliminary design/sizing based on the one-dimensional method interactive spatial blade profiling, export of blade geometry to CAD and CFD tools, 3D stress and vibration analysis, and finally, flow modeling. The design process is demonstrated for a centrifugal compressor design utilizing AxSTREAM software.

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