Abstract

Boundary layer ingestion (BLI) concepts have become a prominent topic in research and development due to their increase in fuel efficiency for aircraft. Virginia Tech has developed the StreamVane™, a secondary flow distortion generator, which can be used to efficiently test BLI and its aeromechanical effects on turbomachinery. To ensure the safety of this system, the complex vanes within StreamVanes must be further analyzed structurally and aerodynamically. In this paper, the induced strain of two common vane shapes at three different operating conditions is computationally determined. Along with these observations, the aerodynamic damping of these vanes are calculated to predict flutter conditions at the same three operating points. Steady CFD calculations are done to acquire the aerodynamic pressure loading on the vanes. Finite element analysis (FEA) is performed to obtain the strain and modal response of the StreamVane structure. The mode shapes and steady CFD are used to initialize an unsteady CFD analysis which determines the aerodynamic damping of the vanes. The testcase used for this evaluation was specifically designed to overstep the structural limits of a StreamVane, and the results provide an efficient computational method to observe flutter conditions of stationary systems.

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