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Toward Developing a Probabilistic Methodology for Predicting High-Cycle Fretting Fatigue in Aero-Engines

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Kwai S. Chan, Michael P. Enright, Harold R. Simmons

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Patrick J. Golden

Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Ramesh Chandra, Alan C. Pentz

NAVAIR, Patuxent River, MD

Paper No. GT2010-23007, pp. 659-666; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4401-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper reports the results of an investigation focused on identifying the necessary steps required to develop a probabilistic fracture mechanics-based methodology for treating high-cycle fretting fatigue in military engine disks. The current methodology based on finite-element method (FEM) modeling, analytical contact stress analysis, and probabilistic fracture mechanics for analyzing low-cycle fretting fatigue is highlighted first. Incorporation of high-frequency vibratory stress cycles into a composite mission profile containing mostly low-cycle stresses requires the use of the Campbell diagram and the need to identify the mode shape, frequency, and forcing function for blade excitation induced by stator wake, flutter or rotating stall. Forced response computation methods for addressing these phenomena in the literature are reviewed to assess their applicability for integration with a contact stress analysis and a probabilistic fracture mechanics life-prediction code. This overview identifies (1) a promising path for combining vibratory stress computation, FEM structural modeling, contact stress analysis, and probabilistic fracture mechanics for treating high-cycle fretting fatigue at the attachment region of engine disks, and (2) a new approach for treating high-cycle fretting fatigue due to vibratory stresses separately from low-cycle fretting fatigue at various positions of a fan-speed profile.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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