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Effects of Transient Heat Transfer on Compressor Stability

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A. Kiss, Z. Spakovszky

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Paper No. GT2018-75413, pp. V001T01A006; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Fans and Blowers; Marine
  • Oslo, Norway, June 11–15, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5098-5
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


The effects of heat transfer between the compressor structure and primary gas path flow on compressor stability are investigated during hot engine re-acceleration transients, or so called “Bodie” transients. A mean line analysis of an advanced, high-pressure ratio compressor is extended to include the effects of heat transfer on both stage matching and blade row flow angle deviation. A lumped capacitance model is used to compute the heat transfer of the compressor blades, hub, and casing to the primary gas path. The inputs to the compressor model with heat transfer are based on a combination of full engine data, compressor test rig measurements, and detailed heat transfer computations. Transient calculations with heat transfer show a 8.0 point reduction in stall margin from the adiabatic case, with heat transfer predominantly altering the transient stall line. 3.4 points of the total stall margin reduction are attributed to the effect of heat transfer on blade row deviation and the remainder is attributed to stage re-matching. It is found that heat transfer increases loading in the front stages and destabilizes the front block. Furthermore, the stage re-matching due to heat transfer alters the slope of the compressor characteristic and promotes modal-type stall inception. Sensitivity studies show a strong dependence of stall margin to heat transfer magnitude and flow angle deviation at low speed, due to the effects of compressibility. Computations for the same transient using current cycle models with bulk heat transfer effects, such as NPSS, only capture 1.2 points of the 8.0 point stall margin reduction. This implies that, using this new capability, opportunities exist early in the design process to address potential stability issues due to transient heat transfer.

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