Static fracture and modal analysis simulation of a gas turbine compressor blade and bladed disk system Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016, The Author(s). This paper presents a methodology for conducting a 3-D static fracture analysis with applications to a gas turbine compressor blade. An open crack model is considered in the study and crack-tip driving parameters are estimated by using 3-D singular crack-tip elements in ANSYS. The static fracture analysis is verified with a special purpose fracture code (FRANC3D). Once the crack front is perfectly defined and validated, a free vibration study is conducted by analyzing the natural frequencies and modeshapes for both a single blade and bladed disk system. Taking advantage of high performance computing resources, a high fidelity finite element model is considered in the parametric investigation. In the fracture simulation, the influence of the size of a single edged crack as well as the rotational velocity on fracture parameters (stress intensity factors and J-Integral) are evaluated. Results demonstrate that for the applied loading condition, a mixed mode crack propagation is expected. In the modal analysis study, increasing the depth of the crack leads to a decrease in the natural frequencies of both the single blade and bladed disk system, while increasing the rotational velocity increases the natural frequencies. The presence of a crack also leads to mode localization for all mode families, a phenomenon that cannot be captured by a single blade analysis.

published proceedings

  • Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Fernandes, R., El-Borgi, S., Ahmed, K., Friswell, M. I., & Jamia, N.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Fernandes, Ralston||El-Borgi, Sami||Ahmed, Khaled||Friswell, Michael I||Jamia, Nidhal

publication date

  • November 2016