Numerical Study of Flutter Stabilization in Low Pressure Turbine Rotor with Intentional Mistuning

TitleNumerical Study of Flutter Stabilization in Low Pressure Turbine Rotor with Intentional Mistuning
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBiagiotti S, Pinelli L, Poli F, Vanti F, Pacciani R
Conference NameATI 2018 - 73rd Conference of the Italian Thermal Machines Engineering Association.
VolumeEnergy Procedia 148
Conference LocationPisa, Italy, 12-14 September
ISSN Number1876-6102
Other NumbersScopus 2-s2.0-85056593025
Keywordsaeroelasticity, CFD, FEM, Flutter, low pressure axial turbine, mistuning

Intentional mistuning concepts are used to mitigate the risk of flutter occurrence for compressor and turbine blades, as this design strategy represents one of the key aspect in nowadays turbomachinery aeroelastic design. In this paper, the effects of a mistuning pattern on LPT flutter stability are numerically investigated in order to highlight the differences with the classic tuned configuration.
A LPT rotor is analysed with an intentional mistuning pattern composed by alternate blades with different additional masses at the blade tip, and the corresponding tuned configuration, consisting of the blisk (blade+disk) with identical blades. The first part of this work is devoted to the modal analysis for tuned and mistuned cases. Frequencies and mode shapes of the first bending mode family, obtained by FEM modal analysis in cyclic symmetry, are then used to perform CFD flutter analysis with moving blades.
The results confirm the stabilizing effect of alternate mistuning pattern in contrast with the tuned system which denotes a strong flutter instability for a large range of negative nodal diameters. The flutter stabilization effect numerically predicted has been confirmed by measured data carried out during a tip timing experimental campaign performed within the EU Future project.

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