The forced response of a low aspect-ratio transonic fan due to different inlet distortions was predicted using an integrated time-domain aeroelasticity model. A time-accurate, non-linear viscous, unsteady flow representation was coupled to a linear modal model obtained from a standard finite element formulation. The predictions were checked against the results obtained from a previous experimental programme known as “Augmented Damping of Low-aspect-ratio Fans” (ADLARF). Unsteady blade surface pressures, due to inlet distortions created by screens mounted in the intake inlet duct, were measured along a streamline at 85% blade span. Three resonant conditions, namely 1F/3EO, 1T&2F /8EO and 2S/8EO, were considered. Both the amplitude and the phase of the unsteady pressure fluctuations were predicted with and without the blade flexibility. The actual blade displacements and the amount of aerodynamic damping were also computed for the former case. A whole-assembly mesh with about 2,000,000 points was used in some of the computations. Although there were some uncertainties about the aerodynamic boundary conditions, the overall agreement between the experimental and predicted results was found to be reasonably good. The inclusion of the blade motion was shown to have an effect on the unsteady pressure distribution, especially for the 2F/1T case. It was concluded that a full representation of the blade forced response phenomenon should include this feature.

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