Rotating stall phenomenon is usually characterized by 3D aerodynamic stability behavior. The earlier models mainly considered the flow effects in terms of 1D and 2D spatial variables. In order to involve the characteristics of the 3D flow of the compressor, it is necessary to improve the existing rotating stall stability models and further develop the models to consider the effects of the 3D disturbance. In this paper, a new aerodynamic stability model concerning the effects of a radial disturbance produced by the compressor, and explaining more mechanisms about the aerodynamic stability of compressor is presented. Using the developed rotating stall stability model, the stall margins are calculated and compared to experimental data for two axial flow compressors. The calculated results show that the developed 3D rotating stall stability model gives better stall margin prediction than that by the 2D model.

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