Nonlinear Time and Frequency Domain Methods for Multirow Aeromechanical Analysis

M. T. Rahmati, L. He, D. X. Wang, Y. S. Li, R. G. Wells, S. K. Krishnababu

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An unsteady Navier–Stokes solution system for aeromechanical analysis of multiple blade row configurations is presented. A distinctive feature of the solver is that unified numerical methods and boundary condition treatments are consistently used for both a nonlinear time-domain solution mode and a frequency-domain one. This not only enables a wider range of physical aeromechanical problems to be tackled, but also provides a consistent basis for validating different computational models, identifying and understanding their relative merits and adequate working ranges. An emphasis of the present work is on a highly efficient frequency-domain method for multirow aeromechanical analysis. With a new interface treatment, propagations and reflections of pressure waves between adjacent blade rows are modeled within a domain consisting of only a single passage in each blade row. The computational model and methods are firstly described. Then, extensive validations of the frequency-domain method against both experimental data and the nonlinear time-domain solutions are described. Finally, the computational analysis and demonstration of the intrarow reflection effects on the rotor aerodynamic damping are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Article number041010
JournalJournal of Turbomachinery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2013


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