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Statistical Sensitivity Study of Frequency Mistuning on the Prediction of the Flutter Boundary in a Transonic Fan

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Atsushi Tateishi, Toshinori Watanabe, Takehiro Himeno

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Mizuho Aotsuka, Takeshi Murooka

IHI, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. GT2016-57295, pp. V07BT34A017; 10 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 aims at quantifying the stabilization effect of mistuning in transonic fan flutter. The results are used to support the evaluation of flutter boundary and to clarify the reason for the mismatch observed in the numerical predictions reported in our previous study. Mistuning is modeled by the deviation of blade-mode frequency, and the stability analysis of vibrating blades is formulated as an eigenproblem of the equation of motion including self-excited aerodynamic force obtained by fluid-structure interaction simulations. Statistics about the modal properties are obtained by Monte Carlo simulation. The change in the averaged damping rate and flutter boundary is evaluated in a wide range of mistuning levels and operating conditions. Nominal levels of mistuning due to manufacturing tolerance have little effect to the flutter boundary because the decline in aerodynamic damping is very steep. Therefore, the accuracy associated with the computational fluid dynamics is likely to have caused the mismatch in the flutter boundary. Histograms of modal properties show that the inter-blade phase angle and blade amplitudes in flutter mode can be highly scattered, even if the level of mistuning is nominal. For largely mistuned cases, new crests which do not exist in nominal cases appear in the eigenvalue histogram. They were found to be highly-localized, single-blade dominant mode.

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