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The Use of Holographic Interferometry for Turbomachinery Fan Evaluation During Rotating Tests

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R. J. Parker, D. G. Jones

Advanced Research Laboratory, Rolls-Royce plc, Derby, United Kingdom

J. Turbomach 110(3), 393-400 (Jul 01, 1988) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3262209 History: Received February 19, 1987; Online November 09, 2009

Abstract

Holography has been developed by Rolls-Royce as a technique for routine use in the evaluation of fan designs for aeroengines. It is used to investigate both aerodynamic and mechanical behavior of the rotating fan. Holographic flow visualization provides clear, three-dimensional images of the transonic flow region between the fan blades. Flow features such as shocks, shock/boundary layer interaction, and over-tip leakage vortices can be observed and measured. Holograms taken through an optical derotator allow vibration modes of the rotating fan to be mapped during resonance or flutter. Examples are given of the use of both techniques at rotational speeds up to and in excess of 10,000 rpm. Holography has provided valuable information used to verify and improve numerical modeling of the fan behavior and has been successful in evaluating the achievement of design intent.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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