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The Low Reduced Frequency Limit of Vibrating Airfoils: Part IIIB — Numerical Quantification and Influence of Unsteady Loading

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Almudena Vega

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Roque Corral

Industria de TurboPropulsores S.A., Madrid, Spain

Paper No. GT2016-57288, pp. V07BT34A016; 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 ASME


This paper studies the unsteady aerodynamics of vibrating airfoils in the low reduced frequency regime with special emphasis on its impact on the work per cycle curves. Simulations using a frequency domain linearized Navier-Stokes solver have been carried out on rows of a low-pressure turbine airfoil section, the NACA65 section and a flat plate, to show the correlation between the actual value of the unsteady loading parameter (ULP), theoretically derived in Part IIIa, and the flutter characteristics, for different airfoils, operating conditions and mode-shapes. Both, the traveling-wave and influence coefficient formulations of the problem are used in combination to increase the understanding of the ULP influence in different aspects of the unsteady flowfield. It is concluded that, for a blade vibrating in a prescribed motion at design conditions, the ULP can quantitatively predict the effect of loading variations due to changes in the incidence, and also in the mode shape. It is also proved that the unsteady loading parameter can be used to compare the flutter characteristics of different airfoils.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Airfoils



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