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Study of Mixed-Mode Cracking of Dovetail Root of an Aero-Engine Blade Like Structure

Institute of Innovative Sustainable Energy, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby DE1 3HD, UK
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Bennett University, Greater Noida 201310, Uttar Pradesh, India
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(18), 3825;
Received: 19 July 2019 / Revised: 29 August 2019 / Accepted: 30 August 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
Aerospace structures must be designed in such a way so as to be able to withstand even more flight cycles and/or increased loads. Damage tolerance analysis could be exploited more and more to study, understand, and calculate the residual life of a component when a crack occurs in service. In this paper, the authors are presenting the results of a systematic crack propagation analysis campaign performed on a compressor-blade-like structure. The point of novelty is that different blade design parameters are varied and explored in order to investigate how the crack propagation rate in low cycle fatigue (LCF, at R ratio R = 0) could be reduced. The design parameters/variables studied in this work are: (1) The length of the contact surfaces between the dovetail root and the disc and (2) their inclination angle (denoted as “flank angle” in the aero-engine industry). Effects of the friction coefficient between the disc and the blade root have also been investigated. The LCF crack propagation analyses have been performed by recalculating the stress field as a function of the crack propagation by using the FRacture ANalysis Code (Franc3D®). View Full-Text
Keywords: LCF; crack propagation; blade-disc-Franc3D; mixed-mode cracking LCF; crack propagation; blade-disc-Franc3D; mixed-mode cracking
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Canale, G.; Kinawy, M.; Maligno, A.; Sathujoda, P.; Citarella, R. Study of Mixed-Mode Cracking of Dovetail Root of an Aero-Engine Blade Like Structure. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3825.

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Canale G, Kinawy M, Maligno A, Sathujoda P, Citarella R. Study of Mixed-Mode Cracking of Dovetail Root of an Aero-Engine Blade Like Structure. Applied Sciences. 2019; 9(18):3825.

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Canale, Giacomo, Moustafa Kinawy, Angelo Maligno, Prabhakar Sathujoda, and Roberto Citarella. 2019. "Study of Mixed-Mode Cracking of Dovetail Root of an Aero-Engine Blade Like Structure" Applied Sciences 9, no. 18: 3825.

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