Will an axial compressor, like the one described starting on page 275 of Mechanics and Thermodyanmics (PDF link), work if the flow was assumed to be ideal (i.e. incompressible and inviscid)?
Specifically, what mechanism will slow the flow down in the axial direction? It's my understanding that slowing the flow down is the job of the stators, but I fail to see how they accomplish this in the axial direction. The author states on page 284 that the axial flow velocity through the compressor is made constant by design but never explains how that design is achieved and I'm curious if that design could still be achieved with an incompressible fluid. -Thanks in advance!