Dynamics of gas turbine engines rotors taking into account non-linear effects

O. Repetckii1 , I. Ryzhikov2 , Tien Quyet Nguyen3

1Irkutsk State Agrarian University named after A.A. Ezhevsky, Irkutsk, Russia

2, 3Irkutsk National Research Technical University, Irkutsk, Russia

2Corresponding author

Vibroengineering PROCEDIA, Vol. 8, 2016, p. 361-365.
Received 29 June 2016; accepted 3 September 2016; published 7 October 2016

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Different types of non-linearity must be considered in solving the problem of determining the fatigue life of gas turbine engines rotors on the base of numerical methods. When turbomachinery rotors are simulated for assessment their fatigue life it is necessary take into account geometrical and physical nonlinearity of the model. As a result of partial steam or gas admission and edge tracks from stator blades it is important to consider the non-linear nature of the loads impacting on the rotor elements during the transient conditions of the work. While determining real stresses at the last stage of fatigue life assessment it is also necessary to take into account their non-linear nature.

Keywords: gas turbine engines rotors, stress, fatigue life, natural frequencies, mode shapes.

1. Introduction

The assessment of fatigue life of gas turbine engines or steam-gas rotors requires follow-up of main stages [1, 2]:

1) The calculation of static stress. Calculation of natural frequencies and mode shapes, taking into account the rotation, uneven heating and gas forces. Their adjustment takes into account a mistuning [3, 4, 6-9, 15].

2) Numerical and experimental determination of the exciting load on the stationary and transient operating conditions. The main excitation sources for compressor and turbine rotor elements are perturbations due to partiality for supplying steam or gas and edge traces from stator blades.

3) An assessment of damping in material, structural damping, aerodynamic damping and damping from shock effects. A major role in turbines plays material and structural damping. The leading place in compressors belongs to the aerodynamic damping.

4) Calculation of a response on steady and unstable modes. Adjusted two or three-dimensional stress analysis in possible areas of stress concentration. Summation of static and dynamic stresses takes into account loading history.

5) Assessment of a fatigue life of rotor systems. Prediction of time of formation of a crack and destruction of constructions.

Solution of the problem of blade structures fatigue life assessment can be represented by scheme on Fig. 1.

2. Considering of geometrical and physical nonlinearity

The statics equation in finite element method for constant speed of rotation and temperature is:

( [ K ] + [ K G ] + [ K R ] ) { δ } = f Ω + f t ,

where [K]– a stiffness matrix, [KR] – the supplementary stiffness matrix arising from rotation, [KG] – a matrix of a geometrical stiffness, {δ} – node displacements, fΩ+ft – vectors of temperature and centrifugal loadings.

In case of the free vibration without damping we have [5]:

[ M ] { δ ¨ } + [ M C ] { δ ˙ } + ( [ K + K G + K R ] ) { δ } = 0 ,

where [MC] – Coriolis matrix and [M] – mass matrix.

For taking into account physical nonlinearity of the stress-strained state of structures there are two main theories: the straining theory of plasticity and the theory of a current. The equations of the straining theory of plasticity establish connection between stresses and deformations, and the equations of the theory of a current - between infinitely small increments of these values. In case of a simple loading both theories give identical result, however, for a number of tasks, for example, for a problem of a thermo plasticity, the theory of a current reflects loading history more fully. We find a solution of the Eq. (1), (2) according to iteration algorithm [1, 5, 10].

Fig. 1. Assessment of fatigue life scheme

 Assessment of fatigue life scheme

3. Considering of nonlinearity in determination of real stresses

For calculation of fatigue life, it is necessary to find real, but not elastic stresses. It is possible to execute it by means of numerical methods, for example, by the technique described in [12]. But this technique requests considerable computing resources (time, memory). Far less resources are requested by the so-called Neuber rule [12, 13] describing connection between elastic and real stresses and deformations (Fig. 2):

σ ε = σ e 2 E .

Fig. 2. Recalculation of elastic stresses in elastic-plastic (Neuber rule)

 Recalculation of elastic stresses in elastic-plastic (Neuber rule)

Local elastic stresses from equations for deformation and stresses can be recalculated into real elastic – plastic deformations (Fig. 2) where εα – amplitude of variable deformations:

ε α = σ E + - σ K ' 1 n '   .

Constants K' and n' turn out from the experimental coefficients of vibration strength, and σf' and εf' as well as an exponent b and c [14]:

n ' = b c ,
K ' = σ f ' ( ε f ' ) n ' .

It is possible to apply damageability parameters to the considering of a relaxation and creep, for example, on Morrow [13]:

ε α = σ f ' - σ m E ( 2 N f ) b + ε f ' ( 2 N f ) c .

Further from work [14]:

ε α = σ f ' E σ m a x ( 2 N f ) 2 b + σ f ' ε f σ m a x ( 2 N f ) b + c ,

with σmax=σα+σm, and N=2Nf.

To find from the Eq. (8) real stresses, it is necessary to know real deformation. For this purpose it is possible to use a technique of Rieger [14], which possesses an essential shortcoming, namely – need of the experimental determination of cycle parameters for each material. In this regard it is obviously necessary to use other dependence – the empirical formula of Manson connecting a range of the complete deformation and number of cycles before destruction [10]. Using the assumption of the linear relation of fatigue strength from average stress (σmax0) and in view of asymmetry of a cycle, we will receive [10]:

Δ ε = 3,5 ( σ B ( t ) - σ m ) E ( t ) N f - 0,12 + l n 100 100 - ψ t 0,6 N f - 0,6 ,

where ψ – contraction ratio in %, and t – temperature of a cyclic deformation.

Birger I. A. suggested to lead Eq. (9) to a look:

Δ ε = 2 σ - 1 E ( t ) N D N f 1 k + l n 100 100 - ψ t 0,6 N f - 0,6 ,

where k – an exponent of fatigue curve.

At σm0 expression is used:

Δ ε = 3,5 σ B t E N f - 0,12 + N f l n 100 100 - ψ t 0,6 .

The total deformation Δε (Fig. 3) is the sum of elastic and plastic components which are schematically represented in Fig. 4.

Change of stresses and deformations ranges from cycle to cycle comes to an end through rather small number of cycles, and the main decrease in fatigue life happens at the stabilized state (constant ranges of stresses). Thus, ranges of stresses or deformations of the stabilized state are used in calculations. After calculation Δε=2εa and substitution εa in the Eq. (3) it is possible to receive the real stresses (Fig. 2).

Fig. 3. Diagram “stress-deformation”

 Diagram “stress-deformation”

Fig. 4. Summing of elastic and plastic deformation

 Summing of elastic and plastic deformation

4. Numerical results

For the complex spatial structures like compressor fan blade with curvilinear fixing it is necessary to consider a non-linear geometrical stiffness in conditions of centrifugal stresses in the median plane. One of such blades model is presented in Fig. 5. Input data: an elastic modulus 1,1×105 MPa; density 4,54×103 kg/m3; a Poisson’s ratio – 0,3; rotation speed 1121 s-1. On a transition curve of a blade profile part to a disk rim rigid fixing is simulated. The results of calculations in the linear and geometrically non-linear statements are given in Fig. 6. Decrease in the maximal stresses for pressure side of blade approximately for 10 % is noted. For geometrically non-linear decision the maximal stresses in this area are 122×107 Pa, lengthening and the angles of elastic promotion of a blade at the same time decreased more, than twice.

Fig. 5. Finite element model of blade

 Finite element model of blade

Fig. 6. Stresses in wide blade (- linear, - - - non-linear solution)

 Stresses in wide blade (- linear, - - - non-linear solution)

a) Pressure side

 Stresses in wide blade (- linear, - - - non-linear solution)

b) Back

The second example – a cooled blade of the helicopter gas-turbine engine impeller. Mechanical characteristics of a blade: density 8,4×103 kg/m3; a Poisson’s ratio – 0,3; the elastic modulus 2,135×105 MPa. The effect of geometrical nonlinearity consideration under maximal rotation speed was analyzed. Decrease of natural frequencies under speed increasing is noted. That it is connected with existence of the compression sections on a blade back (Table 1).

Table 1. Research results

Vibration mode
n =   0
n =   717 s-1
With geometrical non-linearity
f 1
f 2
f 3
f 4
f 5

5. Conclusions

The efficient technique is developed for an assessment of fatigue life of gas turbine engines rotors being under heavy static and cyclic loads causing a low-cyclic and multi-cycle material fatigue during the work. This technique is developed taking into account geometrical nonlinearity of finite element model, physical nonlinearity of material and non-linear effects during the transient conditions of the work. The technique was successfully tested on test models and real constructions [1-5, 10-12] that means its operability.


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