The flow downstream of the corner formed by a blade and a flat plate was investigated experimentally. A single dominant horseshoe vortex was identified which persisted more than one chord length downstream of the blade trailing edge. A smaller and weaker corner vortex was also identified. It dissipated and ceased to exist by a downstream axial location of approximately 0.2C (C= chord length). There was no evidence of stress induced vortices in the region of this investigation. The secondary flow system redistributes the mean flow momentum and distorts total pressure profiles and contours. In planes parallel to the flat plate, total pressure values were found to be higher than the undisturbed two-dimensional boundary layer at that height. Surface static pressure was found to be at its maximum at the blade trailing edge location and it decreased in both the downstream and transverse directions. There was no significant static pressure variation in the spanwise direction. Downstream of the blade trailing edge, under the domain of the horseshoe vortex, local wall shear stress increased to values exceeding the values found in the undisturbed boundary layer at that axial location. However, a 20% reduction in the net wall skin-friction (wall shear stress integrated over the flat plate surface) was observed.

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