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Turbine Blade Life Prediction Using Fluid-Thermal-Structural Interaction Simulation

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I. A. Ubulom, A. Fien, A. J. Neely, K. Shankar

UNSW, Canberra, Australia

Paper No. GT2016-57048, pp. V05CT18A008; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 5C: Heat Transfer
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4980-4
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In this study a fluid-thermal-structural simulation is performed to investigate cyclic stress-strain behavior and fatigue life of a gas turbine blade. The Hysteresis loop characteristic of the blade is presented under the coupled influence of various loading conditions, aerodynamic, thermal and static centrifugal loadings. Based on the predicted loading behavior, an energy-based method was used to analyze the fatigue and cumulative damage properties of the blade. The predicted hysteresis loop under aerodynamic load was purely of elastic nature and as such tends to assume a Masing behavior at the stable condition. The case for a combined thermal and aeromechanical loading showed a non-Masing behavior, but rather a temperature-dependent material softening behavior. The fatigue life was also estimated based on the energy density approach using the predicted thermal-structural predicted cyclic loops.

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