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Batmo Compressor Wheels for Turbochargers

Batmo Compressor Wheel For Turbo Turbochargers

An introductory look at new turbo technology coming to market

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A new compressor wheel design has just started to come to the market and is being called the “BATMO” wheel. This wheel has a very interesting design since its inducer compressor blade has a stepped lip to it. The justification to this is that this stepped lip allows the compressor blades to have more surface area and therefore provide more flow than another compressor blade of equal size inducer. (click for larger image)

Batmo Turbo Compressor Cover and Wheel

This technology is not new technology but in-fact could be copied from what General Electric (GE) has recently done on turbine fan blades for jet aircrafts. While GE using the design in their jet engines, with probably a billion dollars invested into the technology seems to be a strong statement onto the overall blade design, there is still no concrete evidence if the "Batmowheel" has had the design work needed to make it work better then a standard wheel. That GE fan blade is the low-pressure stage that is 10' in diameter and used primarily for bypass air. How that transfers over to 5:1 pressure ratios of a 4" compressor is the real question.

Genx GE Turbine Engine Fan Blades TurbochargerGenx GE Turbine Engine Fan Blades Turbocharger

When digging in deeper to the technology behind the GE design,, the GEnX blade is designed for a pressure ratio of 1.61:1. For turbochargers at least, high pressure blade design is considerably different then low pressure design. Five and Six blade compressors reduce the blade count to improve airflow at lower pressure ratios. If you want high-pressure ratio capability though, you step up to seven or eight blade wheels as the more blades, the more "grip" they can get on airflow at high pressure ratios. It's not an absolute requirement to have more blades, but that's definitely the trend. Also, it's an axial flow blade where a turbo compressor is a radial flow device.

This is still exciting news as it will be interesting to see as these style wheels come to market, if there is any concrete evidence that shows these compressor design produce more flow out of a given size compressor wheel. We here at will do our best to keep you updated as this new technology comes to light.


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