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Numerical Investigation of Blade Flutter at or Near Stall in Axial Flow Turbomachines

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Wolfgang Höhn

MTU Aero Engines, München, Germany

Paper No. 2001-GT-0265, pp. V004T03A030; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7853-8
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


During the design of the compressor and turbine stages of today’s aeroengines, aerodynamically induced vibrations become increasingly important since higher blade load and better efficiency are desired. In this paper the development of a method based on the unsteady, compressible Navier-Stokes equations in two dimensions is described in order to study the physics of flutter for unsteady viscous flow around cascaded vibrating blades at stall.

The governing equations are solved by a finite difference technique in boundary fitted coordinates. The numerical scheme uses the Advection Upstream Splitting Method to discretize the convective terms and central differences discretizing the viscous terms of the fully non-linear Navier-Stokes equations on a moving H-type mesh. The unsteady governing equations are explicitly and implicitly marched in time in a time-accurate way using a four stage Runge-Kutta scheme on a parallel computer or an implicit scheme of the Beam-Warming type on a single processor. Turbulence is modelled using the Baldwin-Lomax turbulence model. The blade flutter phenomenon is simulated by imposing a harmonic motion on the blade, which consists of harmonic body translation in two directions and a rotation, allowing an interblade phase angle between neighboring blades. Non-reflecting boundary conditions are used for the unsteady analysis at inlet and outlet of the computational domain. The computations are performed on multiple blade passages in order to account for nonlinear effects. A subsonic massively stalled unsteady flow case in a compressor cascade is studied. The results, compared with experiments and the predictions of other researchers, show reasonable agreement for inviscid and viscous flow cases for the investigated flow situations with respect to the Steady and unsteady pressure distribution on the blade in separated flow areas as well as the aeroelastic damping.

The results show the applicability of the scheme for stalled flow around cascaded blades. As expected the viscous and inviscid computations show different results in regions where viscous effects are important, i.e. in separated flow areas. In particular, different predictions for inviscid and viscous flow for the aerodynamic damping for the investigated flow cases are found.

Copyright © 2001 by ASME



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