Turbomachinery Blade Modal Analysis Using Contact Elements 2004-01-3141
This paper presents a new methodology for analytically evaluating the natural frequencies and mode shape of a turbomachinery blade in an environment where friction phenomenon occurs. The blades analyzed in this study are unshrouded and located in the high-pressure turbine found in turbofan engines, and in the compressor turbine found in turboprop engines. The goal of this method is to correctly predict the modal parameters of the blade in order to determine whether there will be any resonance in the running range of the turbomachinery, and to more accurately predict the stresses at the blade-disc interface. This study was performed using ANSYS® contact elements. After comparison, the analytical results were found to agree with the experimental results. A convergence study was also performed, and it was found that only the friction coefficient and the surface contact stiffness had a considerable effect on the natural frequencies and mode shape convergence.