Unducted Fan Aerodynamic Design

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L. H. Smith

Aircraft Engine Business Group, General Electric Company, Cincinnati, OH 45215-6301

J. Turbomach 109(3), 313-324 (Jul 01, 1987) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3262108 History: Received February 19, 1987; Online November 09, 2009


A method being used to design unducted fans, which are counterrotating propellers with unusually high disk loadings, is described. The quasi-three-dimensional approach employed is similar to that used for ducted fan designs; it consists of a circumferential-average flowfield analysis followed by cascade designs that include secondary flow and sweep effects. The open-tip condition enters as a significant secondary flow contribution. Blade shapes defined by this process are analyzed by a three-dimensional Euler solver and final adjustments are made as necessary. Examples of application of the method are presented to elucidate the magnitudes of the phenomena involved.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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