Novel parametric reduced order model for aeroengine blade dynamics

Jie Yuan, Giuliano Allegri, Fabrizio Scarpa*, Ramesh Rajasekaran, Sophoclis Patsias

*Corresponding author for this work

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The work introduces a novel reduced order model (ROM) technique to describe the dynamic behavior of turbofan aeroengine blades. We introduce an equivalent 3D frame model to describe the coupled flexural/torsional mode shapes, with their relevant natural frequencies and associated modal masses. The frame configurations are identified through a structural identification approach based on a simulated annealing algorithm with stochastic tunneling. The cost functions are constituted by linear combinations of relative errors associated to the resonance frequencies, the individual modal assurance criteria (MAC), and on either overall static or modal masses. When static masses are considered the optimized 3D frame can represent the blade dynamic behavior with an 8% error on the MAC, a 1% error on the associated modal frequencies and a 1% error on the overall static mass. When using modal masses in the cost function the performance of the ROM is similar, but the overall error increases to 7%. The approach proposed in this paper is considerably more accurate than state-of-the-art blade ROMs based on traditional Timoshenko beams, and provides excellent accuracy at reduced computational time when compared against high fidelity FE models. A sensitivity analysis shows that the proposed model can adequately predict the global trends of the variations of the natural frequencies when lumped masses are used for mistuning analysis. The proposed ROM also follows extremely closely the sensitivity of the high fidelity finite element models when the material parameters are used in the sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-253
Number of pages19
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Early online date19 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

Structured keywords

  • Composites UTC


  • Beam frame
  • Turbofan blades
  • Mistuning analysis


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