Multi-disciplinary design and optimization of swept and leaned transonic rotor

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Seyed Reza Razavi

Quality System Engineering Department, Concordia University, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada

Shervin Sammak

Center for Research Computing, University of Pittsburgh, 3700 Ohara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Masoud Boroomand

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, 424 Hafez Ave., Tehran 15875-4413, Iran

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4037456 History: Received April 30, 2017; Revised May 30, 2017


Optimization problems in many engineering applications are usually considered as complex subjects. Researchers are often obliged to solve a Multi-Objective Optimization Problem (MOP). Several methodologies such as Genetic Algorithm (GA) and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) are proposed to optimize MOP problems. In the present study, various levels of sweep and lean were exerted to blades of an existing transonic rotor, the well-known NASA rotor-67. Afterward, an ANN optimization method was used to find the most appropriate settings to achieve the maximum stage pressure ratio, efficiency, and operating range. At first, the study of the impact of sweep and lean on aerodynamic and performance parameters of the transonic axial flow compressor rotors was undertaken using a systematic step-by-step procedure. This was done by employing a three-dimensional compressible turbulent model. The results were then used as the input data to the optimization computer code. It was found that the optimized sweep angles can increase the safe operating range up to 30% and simultaneously increase the pressure ratio and subsequently the efficiency by 1% and 2%. Moreover, it was found that the optimized leaned blades, according to their target function, had positive (FW) or negative (BW) optimized angles. Leaning the blade at the optimum point can increase the safe operating range up to 12% and simultaneously increase the pressure ratio and subsequently the efficiency by 4% and 5%.

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