Fatigue life assessment of centrifugal compressor impeller based on FEA

Shujie Liu, Chi Liu, Yawei Hu, Sibo Gao, Yifan Wang, Hongchao Zhang

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Abstract

Fatigue life assessment of centrifugal compressor impellers has been a critical issue in industrial practice and application. In this paper, both centrifugal load and aerodynamic load have been considered in the analysis of the impeller life using finite element analysis (FEA). The analysis showed the regions of stress concentration and the mean stress of the finite element at the maximum stress point. The S–N curve of the impeller is therefore fitted by a computational model. The model is proved to be reliable by comparing the computed results with the experimental data. Thereby the failure mechanism of the impeller can be expressed analytically and its reliability can be assessed online.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-390
Number of pages8
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Volume60
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Compressor blades
  • Fatigue life
  • Impeller failures
  • S–N curves

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