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Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Non-Impregnated Aramid Fibers and Winding for Combined Fan Case

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Anastasia N. Krundaeva, Yury N. Shmotin, Roman A. Didenko, Dmitry V. Karelin

NPO Saturn, Rybinsk, Russia

Paper No. GT2014-27096, pp. V07AT28A011; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7A: Structures and Dynamics
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4576-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The layer of non-impregnated aramid fibers is widely used in the containment systems of aircraft gas turbine engines. Such systems are found to be especially cost-effective and light weight for mitigating engine debris during a fan blade-out event. This is mostly because non-impregnated aramid fibers have a high strength per unit weight. Moreover, it is inexpensive to manufacture such a containment system compared to traditional metallic systems. To properly utilize this advantage, it is necessary to have a finite element (FE) analysis modeling methodology for daily design tasks. Non-impregnated aramid fibers winding for fan case modeling for engine containment systems is a difficult task.

This research implied both experimental and modeling techniques, and data characterizing the behavior of fabric materials for engine containment systems. This research was aimed at addressing engine containment modeling issues. Thus this work has resulted in the following major accomplishments:

• Experimental Characterization of Non-impregnated Aramid Fibers: the fabric material model originally was created during this phase. The independent laboratory tests conducted at NPO Saturn form the basis of this model. These material models are general enough to be used as the constitutive model for both static and dynamic/explicit FE analyses.

• Static Ring Tests: Static tests of containment wraps subjected to loads through a blunt nose impactor were performed at NPO Saturn. Ballistic tests of containment wraps subjected to a high-velocity projectile were performed at NPO Saturn. These tests provided the test cases (the benchmark results) to validate the developed FE methodology.

• FE Material Model Development: The material models were used by the research team in the FE simulation of static and ballistic tests. The static test results have been validated by NPO Saturn using the ANSYS FE program. The ballistic test results were validated by NPO Saturn using the LS-DYNA FE program.

• Engine Fan Blade-Out (FBO) Simulation: The knowledge gained from previous tasks was used by NPO Saturn for the the numerical simulation of real engine FBO events involving the existing production engine models and compared to the test results (employing thelayer of non-impregnated aramid fibers containment).

• Combined Fan and Metal Case Comparison: The relative comparison between the non-impregnated aramid fibers and the metal materials in engine FBO containment systems has been carried out in order to ascertain that the non-impregnated aramid fibers case is more advantageous.

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