Heavy duty gas turbine front stages compressor blades aero-elastic behavior is deeply analyzed and investigated by means of an uncoupled, non-linear and time-accurate CFD URANS solver. The travelling-wave approach and the energy method have been applied in order to assess the aerodynamic damping (in terms of logarithmic decrement) for each inter blade phase angle (IBPA) and thus to localize the flutter stability region. The work is mainly focused on a sensitivity analysis with respect to blade operating conditions, eigen-mode shapes and frequency in order to improve the understanding of flutter mechanism and to identify the key parameters. Transonic, supercritical and subsonic blades are investigated at different operating conditions with their corresponding eigenmode and eigen-frequency (first and second flexural mode and first torsional). The results show that non-linear effects can be neglected for subsonic blades. Besides, the modal-shape and the shock structure, if any, are identified to play a key role for flutter stability.

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