A probabilistic methodology to quantify the impact of geometric variability on compressor aerodynamic performance is presented. High-fidelity probabilistic models of geometric variability are derived using a Principal-Component-Analysis (PCA) of blade surface measurements. This probabilistic blade geometry model is then combined with a compressible, viscous blade-passage analysis to estimate the impact on the passage loss and turning using a Monte Carlo simulation. Finally, a mean-line multi-stage compressor model, with probabilistic loss and turning models from the blade-passage analysis, is developed to quantify the impact of the blade variability on overall compressor efficiency and pressure ratio. The methodology is applied to a flank-milled Integrally-Bladed Rotor (IBR). Results demonstrate that overall compressor efficiency can be reduced by approximately 1% due to blade-passage effects arising from representative manufacturing variability.
Impact of Geometric Variability on Axial Compressor Performance
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Garzon, VE, & Darmofal, DL. "Impact of Geometric Variability on Axial Compressor Performance." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2003, collocated with the 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference. Volume 6: Turbo Expo 2003, Parts A and B. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. June 16–19, 2003. pp. 1199-1213. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2003-38130
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