Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

An Explicit-Implicit Time Integration Approach for Finite Element Evaluation of Engine Load Following an FBO Event

[+] Author Affiliations
Yiliu Weng, Lipeng Zheng

AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., Ltd, Shanghai, China

Paper No. GT2017-64636, pp. V07BT35A025; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7B: Structures and Dynamics
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5093-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Engine fan blade-off (FBO) is an extreme event that could well place the flight safety at risk. When it happens, the engine will experience high-velocity impact at first, and then enter into a “high-power” stage due to huge unbalance before coming to a steady state called “windmilling”. The analytical process for FBO can be split into two phases, one for impact simulation and the other for obtaining the FBO load to pylon. Typically, explicit method with fine mesh finite elements is used in the first phase, and implicit method with coarse meshes is adopted in the second one. In most cases, the only connection between these two analyses may be the unbalance level caused by FBO. More structural responses other than the unbalance level due to fan blade impact are actually ignored in the succeeding implicit analysis. Attempts have been made by Boeing, GE and MSC to integrate these two processes by adding some features in MD Nastran. Yet the intermediate binary files created and the restricted input entries make the integration process quite inflexible.

This paper introduces an explicit-implicit time integration approach for finite element analysis of engine load following an FBO event. The proposed method attempts to connect the two stages more closely, yet in a more flexible manner. In this approach, the engine structural response under FBO obtained from explicit analysis is transferred to the implicit analysis, together with the unbalance level caused by blade loss. The necessity of the approach is discussed, and sensitivity analysis is conducted to understand the factors that play significant roles in the approach. As the models for explicit and implicit analyses are different in mesh sizes and scales, the authors also develop a tool that can interpolate the load information and further, smooth it to fit calculation. Finally, the approach is tested on a full engine model to show its applicability and advantages over the traditional method for load evaluation of FBO event.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In