The APU, a gas turbine engine is designed to provide the aircraft with electrical power and pneumatic air both on the ground and in-flight conditions. The variable inlet guide vane (VIGV) system is used to regulate the air flow to the load compressor. The vane motions are controlled by an actuator and associated linkage. Common failure mechanisms of the VIGV such as cracking, corrosion of vanes, have been reported. This paper discusses a particular mode of failure which involves the aero-mechanical and control feedback interaction. The failure phenomenon is characterized by sector and ring gear tooth non-uniform wear, jamming of sector gears, actuator resonance, actuator fluid contamination and subsequent engine shutdown. Solution to failure mode is also discussed.

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