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Reliable FE Modeling of Chord-Wise Blade Modes in Compressor Design Process

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Ilya Fedorov, Igor Putchkov

Alstom Power, Moscow, Russia

Jaroslaw Szwedowicz, Wolfgang Kappis

Alstom Power, Baden, Switzerland

Paper No. GT2010-22619, pp. 905-915; 11 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 Alstom Technology, Ltd.


To meet the highest compressor efficiency and resonance free operation, the design process of a modern compressor blade requires several iterations between the aerodynamic and mechanical integrity disciplines. The 1D beam theories, usually used in the concept design process, do not consider the local flexibility of a flat, tapered and twisted geometry of an axial compressor airfoil. Therefore, chord-wise bending resonances of the compressor blade, excited by flow field upstream and downstream, cannot be predicated in a reliable manner. In the paper, firstly the sensitivity of compressor blade vibrations is analysed in terms of airfoil design parameters, rotor coupling effects, and mistuning phenomena. Owing to high bending stiffness of a welded shaft, a numerical CWB tool is developed mainly for reliable predictions of chord-wise bending resonances of the compressor blade in the design process. Finally, the tool reliability is demonstrated by a good agreement of the numerical and experimental resonance frequencies, which have been measured with the tip-timing system at the front stage of the axial compressor in the field. Regarding the measured compressor bladed disc, the numerical sensitive study is carried out to determine an impact of contact uncertainties in the blade root on the computed resonance frequencies. The paper shows how physical uncertainties of the root contact and airfoil mistuning are involved in practical manner into the design process of compressor blades. In the design process, the presented CWB tool allows for fast and reliable mitigation of chord-wise bending resonances, which requires the collective solution between the aerodynamics and mechanical integrity disciplines, as it is illustrated in this paper.

Copyright © 2010 by Alstom Technology, Ltd.



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