This paper introduces an approach for considering manufacturing variability leading to a non–axisymmetric blading in CFD simulation of a high–pressure compressor stage. A set of 150 rotor blades from a high–pressure compressor stage was 3D scanned to obtain the manufacturing variability. The obtained point clouds were parameterized using a parametric blade model, which uses typical profile parameters for translating the geometric variability into a numerical model. Probabilistic simulation methods allow for generation of a sampled set of blades that statistically corresponds to the measured one. This technique was applied to generate 4000 sampled blades to investigate the influence of a non–axisymmetric blading. It was found that the aerodynamic performance is considerably influenced by a variation of passage cross section. Nevertheless, this influence decreases with an increasing number of independently sampled blades and thus independently shaped passage cross sections. Due to a more accurate consideration of the geometric variability, the presented methodology allows for a more realistic performance analysis of an HPC stage.
Impact of Manufacturing Variability and Non-Axisymmetry on High-Pressure Compressor Stage Performance
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Lange, A, Voigt, M, Vogeler, K, Schrapp, H, Johann, E, & Gu¨mmer, V. "Impact of Manufacturing Variability and Non-Axisymmetry on High-Pressure Compressor Stage Performance." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 Turbo Expo: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. June 6–10, 2011. pp. 723-731. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2011-45718
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