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Compressor Leading Edge Sensitivities and Analysis With an Adjoint Flow Solver

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A. Giebmanns, J. Backhaus, C. Frey, R. Schnell

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Koeln, Germany

Paper No. GT2013-94427, pp. V06AT35A009; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2013: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 6A: Turbomachinery
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, June 3–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5522-5
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Based on the results of a prior study about fan blade degradation, which state a noticeable influence of small geometric changes on the fan performance, an adjoint computational fluid dynamics method is applied to systematically analyze the sensitivities of fan blade performance to changes of the leading edge geometry.

As early as during manufacture, blade geometries vary due to fabrication tolerances. Later, when in service, engine operation results in blade degradation which can be reduced but not perfectly fixed by maintenance, repair and overhaul processes. The geometric irregularities involve that it is difficult to predict the blade’s aerodynamic performance. Therefore, the aim of this study is to present a systematic approach for analyzing geometric sensitivities for a fan blade.

To demonstrate the potential, two-dimensional optimizations of three airfoil sections at different heights of a transonic fan blade are presented. Although the optimization procedure is limited to the small area of the leading edge, the resulting airfoil sections can be combined to a three-dimensional fan blade with an increased isentropic efficiency compared to the initial blade.

Afterwards, an adjoint flow solver is applied to quasi-three-dimensional configurations of an airfoil section in subsonic flow with geometric leading edge variations in orders representative for realistic geometry changes. Validations with non-linear simulation results demonstrate the high quality of the adjoint results for small geometric changes and indicate physical effects in the leading edge region that influence the prediction quality.

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