DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Analysis of Friction-Saturated Flutter Vibrations With a Fully-Coupled Frequency Domain Method

Johann GrossChristian Berthold


Flutter stability is a dominant design constraint of modern gas and steam turbines. Thus, flutter-tolerant designs are currently explored, where the resulting vibrations remain within acceptable bounds. In particular, friction damping has the potential to yield Limit Cycle Oscillations (LCOs) in the presence of a flutter instability. To predict such LCOs, it is the current practice to model the aerodynamic forces in terms of aerodynamic influence coefficients, derived for some normal modes of the linearized structural model and fixed oscillation frequency. However, this approach neglects that both the nonlinear contact interactions and the aerodynamic stiffness cause a change in the deflection shape and the frequency of the LCO. This, in turn, may have a substantial effect on the aerodynamic damping. The goal of this paper is to assess the technical importance of these neglected interactions. To this end, a state-of-the-art aero-elastic model of a low pressure turbine blade row is considered, undergoing nonlinear frictional contact interactions in the tip shroud interfaces. The LCOs are computed with a fully-coupled harmonic balance method, which iteratively computes the Fourier coefficients of structural deformation and conser...Continue Reading

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