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Uncertainty of Forced Response Numerical Predictions of an Industrial Blisk: Comparison With Experiments

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María A. Mayorca, Damian M. Vogt, Torsten H. Fransson

Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Hans Mårtensson, Clas Andersson

Volvo Aero Corporation, Trollhättan, Sweden

Paper No. GT2012-69534, pp. 1537-1548; 12 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 ASME


Numerical methods, both Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as well as Finite Elements (FE) methods, are widely used in industry with the purpose of predicting potential fatigue problems early in the design process. However, the uncertainty of such predictions is not clearly identified. The present paper presents the prediction of the vibration response of a rotor blisk part of 1 1/2 transonic compressor stage with comparison with experiments. Different uncertainty sources along the numerical aeromechanical chain are then identified. CFD solvers are employed for the prediction of both blade row interaction forces as well as the aerodynamic damping determination. Mistuning is assessed by the use of Reduced Order Modeling analyses and results compared with tip timing data. The peak amplitude response of a resonance mode of interest is determined for two different inlet conditions and thus the accuracy dependence on the excitation level is discussed. Results show that the largest uncertainties come from the unsteady aerodynamics, in which both aerodynamic damping and forcing estimations are critical. The structural dynamic models seem to capture the vibration response and mistuning effects well. Additionally, the challenges of tip timing data processing for detailed one-to-one validation of the tools are highlighted.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Uncertainty



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