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Simplified Estimation of Aerodynamic Damping for Bladed Rotors: Part 2 — Experimental Validation During Operation

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Felix Figaschewsky, Arnold Kühhorn, Bernd Beirow

Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany

Thomas Giersch, Jens Nipkau

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany

Ferdinand Meinl

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Paper No. GT2016-56458, pp. V07BT34A005; 12 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7B: Structures and Dynamics
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4984-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG


Due to increasing requirements of future engine projects, much effort has been spent on the design of more efficient turbomachinery blades in the recent years. Besides aerodynamic efficiency constraints, these designs need to meet structural criteria ensuring that they are safe and robust with respect to High Cycle Fatigue (HCF). The estimation of the resonant vibration amplitude is done based on the aerodynamic force and the overall damping level. Since, for many applications the contribution of mechanical damping is often rather low compared to the aerodynamic counterpart, the determination of the aerodynamic damping is vital for the estimation of the forced vibration response. This second part is meant to contribute to a simplified computation of the aerodynamic damping during operation by making additional assumptions: The investigated mode family shall not suffer from flutter, has a high reduced frequency and the influence of adjacent blades is negligible. Under these circumstances a simplified approach can be introduced that allows for the computation of the mean value of the aerodynamic damping based on a steady state CFD solution of the regarded stage. It is well known, that the aerodynamic damping of a blade mode family depends on the inter blade phase angle (IBPA) and its direction of propagation, which is not covered by the simplified approach. For higher modes the difference between the minimum and maximum damping is often low and the mean value is a good approximation, whereas for fundamental modes there is often a significant difference. However, it is shown that considering a mistuned vibration response of the rotor, the expected value of the mistuned damping exhibits the mean value of IBPA-dependent aerodynamic damping. CFD simulations of an oscillating airfoil indicate a certain validity range of the simplified approach based on a modified reduced frequency and inlet Mach number, which allows to determine for which industrial applications the approach is most suitable. Finally, this range of validity is verified with experimentally determined overall damping values from strain gauge measurements during operation for 2 different industrial applications, an axial compressor stage of a jet engine and a radial turbine stage of a turbocharger.

Copyright © 2016 by Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
Topics: Damping , Rotors



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