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Modelling of Flange Joints for the Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of Gas Turbine Engine Casings

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C. W. Schwingshackl, E. P. Petrov

Imperial College London, London, UK

Paper No. GT2012-69281, pp. 1283-1293; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, June 11–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4473-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by Rolls-Royce plc


The finite element analysis of individual components of aircraft engine casings provides high accuracy and a good agreement with the measured response data. However, when these components are assembled, the accuracy of such predictions can significantly deteriorate since models describing stiffness and friction properties of joints are linearised.

A full nonlinear analysis of the casing flanges is required to fully include the influence of the bolted joints, model the flexibility in the contact interface, and consider the nonlinear behaviour of the contact due to partial slip and separation. In this paper different nonlinear models of casings are investigated with an available nonlinear analysis tool; A parametric study of the contact interface meshes is conducted to identify a satisfying analysis approach. The dynamic flange behaviour is analysed in detail, including effects of the bolt and normal load distribution. A comparison of the introduced nonlinear modelling with more traditional rigid or linear-elastic flange joint models is carried out to evaluate the effect of the nonlinear approach.

The study demonstrates the nonlinear nature of a casing flange joint and highlights the need to include them in the analysis. The detailed modelling of the contact interaction of joints, gives an insight in the nonlinear contact behaviour of flanges of aircraft engine casings, and the predictive capabilities for the nonlinear analysis of gas turbine engines.

Copyright © 2012 by Rolls-Royce plc



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