Research Papers: Gas Turbines: Aircraft Engine

Aircraft Propulsion System Flight Test—Analysis and Evaluation Challenges and Integrated Solutions

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Donald J. Malloy

US Air Force/AEDC Test Division,
Analysis Branch,
Arnold AFB, TN 37389

Grant T. Patterson

Aerospace Testing Alliance,
Arnold AFB, TN 37389

David S. Kidman

US Air Force/773rd Test Squadron,
Propulsion Integration Branch,
Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME for publication in the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. Manuscript received October 22, 2012; final manuscript received November 9, 2012; published online May 20, 2013. Editor: David Wisler.

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 135(6), 061201 (May 20, 2013) (9 pages) Paper No: GTP-12-1417; doi: 10.1115/1.4023610 History: Received October 22, 2012; Revised November 09, 2012

The paper describes the challenges and solution methodologies associated with the flight test and evaluation of the propulsion system for a twin-engine military legacy aircraft. Recent flight-test programs evaluated the effects of temperature distortion and biased engine inlet total temperature measurement (TT2) on engine scheduling and compressor stability margin. The challenges are associated with the limited instrumentation and the repeatability of the flight-test points. During the test program it was necessary to employ techniques to extend the usefulness of the data beyond that provided by the acquired and reduced data sets to address the challenges associated with flight-test analysis. The challenges were addressed using mathematical models, engine cycle decks, uninstalled ground-test data, computational fluid dynamics, or some combination of these. Several specific challenges and solutions are described in detail in the paper.

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Test configurations (not to scale)

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Fig. 2

Compressor operating point algorithm

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Fig. 3

Compressor stability margin loss definitions

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Fig. 4

Simulated 40-probe data and interpolated temperature contour

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Fig. 5

Empirical correlations for loss in stability pressure ratio for the example engine

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Flight variation adjustment for temperature differences

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Thermal stabilization example

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Fig. 8

Predicted heat-transfer effects on T2 duct flow

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Fig. 10

Fuselage thermal boundary layer

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Scoop and T2 attachment tube performance

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Snorkel/TT2 duct flow field and recovery

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Fig. 13

CFD evaluation of proposed snorkel location



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