The capabilities of an inviscid quasi three-dimensional linearized unstructured flow solver to correctly predict the stall flutter limit, flutter modes and critical inter-blade phase angles on a transonic rotating shroudless fan model where experimental data exist have been investigated. Three operating points were chosen for investigation at 70% and 95% speed. At 70% speed two points were investigated: one close to the torsional flutter boundary (at the intermediate operating line) and one at the flutter boundary. The 95% speed point was at the flexural flutter boundary. Steady state and unsteady calculations were made at several stream sections per operating point. At each stream section unsteady calculations were performed over the entire range of inter-blade phase angles with different mode shapes (real mode, rigid torsion and rigid bending) at different frequencies. Thus the model was “provoked” with “unphysical” mode shapes and frequencies to be compared to the unsteady solution obtained with the mode shapes and frequencies observed from the experiments. Furthermore all unsteady calculations were made with different mesh densities and solutions from different “tuned” and “untuned” steady-state solutions.

The main conclusion of the validation of the inviscid Q3D Euler model on the Fan C Model Rotating Rig is that the model generally predicts flutter, flutter modes and the critical inter-blade phase angles to be close to the experimentally determined ones.

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