Given the ever increasing demands on turbomachinery performance, various advanced blade shape optimizations have been actively developed and applied in modern blading designs. Multidisciplinary and concurrent optimizations have attracted considerable attention, offering the advantage of disciplinary interactions being included more simultaneously in a design process.

This paper presents the development of a multidisciplinary optimization algorithm for the concurrent blade aerodynamic and aeromechanic shape optimization of realistic 3D turbine stages. A non-gradient algorithm is enhanced by a new re-scaled response surface (RSM) model. This meta-model is able to rescale the design space and redefine the response surface during a blade shape optimization process, leading to a much enhanced convergence compared to a standard RSM approach. The optimization algorithm is developed in conjunction with an efficient nonlinear harmonic phase solution method solving the unsteady flow equations in the frequency domain, combined with a finite element analysis (FEA) to extract the structural dynamic characteristics of the blades.

The effectiveness of the concurrent method is examined for an optimized design of a realistic LP turbine stage. The optimization goals are the maximization of the isentropic stage efficiency and aeroelastic flutter stability (aero-damping). Two sets of cases are considered. In the first set, the shaping is applied only to stator blades, while for the second set, both stator and rotor blades are shaped. The concurrent cases are compared with their single-disciplinary counterparts. For both sets of the cases, the advantages of the concurrent treatment are clearly demonstrated.

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