J. Phys. III France
Volume 5, Numéro 10, October 1995
Page(s) 1587 - 1597
DOI: 10.1051/jp3:1995212
J. Phys. III France 5 (1995) 1587-1597

Direct Use of Unsteady Aerodynamic Pressures in the Flutter Analysis of Mistuned Blades

A.V. Srinivasan1 and G.G. Tavares2

1  Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA
2  Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA

(Received 6 December 1994, revised 27 June 1995, accepted 17 July 1995)

An aeroelastic stability analysis of a cascade of engine blades coupled only through aerodynamics is developed. The unique feature of the analysis is the direct use of unsteady aerodynamic pressures, rather than lifts and moments, in calculating the susceptibility of a cascade to flutter. The approach developed here is realistic and relevant for analysis of low aspect ratio blades. However, in the calculations presented in this paper, the surface is assumed to be divided into equal elemental areas. The formulation leads to a complex eigen-value problem, the solution of which determines the susceptibility of the cascade to flutter. The eigenvalues of an assembly of alternately mistuned blades, operating at high reduced frequencies, appear to be very sensitive to the level of mistuned frequencies. The locus of eigenvalues shows a strong tendency to split even for very small percentage differences between the frequencies of the two sets of blades. Further, blades with identical frequencies, but alternately mistuned mode shapes, operating at high reduced frequencies show a tendency towards instability.

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