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A Numerical Investigation of Aeroacoustic Fan Blade Flutter

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X. Wu, M. Vahdati, A. I. Sayma, M. Imregun

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK

Paper No. GT2003-38454, pp. 357-364; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2003, collocated with the 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2003
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 16–19, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3687-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3671-1
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper reports the results of an ongoing research effort to explain the underlying mechanisms for aeroacoustic fan blade flutter. Using a 3D integrated aeroelasticity method and a single passage blade model that included a representation of the intake duct, the pressure rise vs. mass flow characteristic of a fan assembly was obtained for the 60%–80% speed range. A novel feature was the use of a downstream variable-area nozzle, an approach that allowed the determination of the stall boundary with good accuracy. The flutter stability was predicted for the 2 nodal diameter assembly mode arising from the first blade flap mode. The flutter margin at 64% speed was predicted to drop sharply and the instability was found to be independent of stall effects. On the other hand, the flutter instability at 74% speed was found to be driven by flow separation. Further post-processing of the results at 64% speed indicated significant unsteady pressure amplitude build-up inside the intake at the flutter condition, thus highlighting the link between the acoustic properties of the intake duct and fan blade flutter.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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