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Developing an Efficient FEM Structural Simulation of a Fan Blade Off test in a Turbofan Jet Engine

by Husband, Jason Burkley

Abstract (Summary)
This work develops a methodology for full engine FEA simulation of the fan blade off containment test for a jet engine using LS-Dyna. The fan blade off containment test is a safety requirement involving the intentional release of a fan blade when the engine is running at full power. The released blade must not pierce or fracture the engine cases during the impact or rotating unbalance. The novel feature of the LS-Dyna simulation is the extensive full engine geometry as well as the widespread use of nonlinearities (mainly plasticity and friction) to absorb the large kinetic energies of the engine rotors. The methodology is simple to use, runs quickly and is being recognized by industry as a contender for widespread implementation. Future applications look promising enough that the methodology warrants further development and refinement.
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Advisor:Szyszkowski, Walerian; Oguocha, Ikechukwuka N.; Lawrence, Charles; Hertz, P. Barry; Fotouhi, Reza; Boulfiza, Mohamed

School:University of Saskatchewan

School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ls dyna finite element method jet engine fan blade containment

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Date of Publication:10/29/2007

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