Abstract

Part II describes the experimental assessment and the application of the ideas in Part I concerning the mechanisms that determine the role of blade surface waviness on laminar-turbulent transition and their consequent effect on civil aircraft fan performance. A natural transition wind tunnel was designed and constructed to characterize the impact of surface waviness on transition, using both hotwire anemometry and infrared thermography. The experimental results support the new hypothesis presented in Part I, concerning the way in which blade surface waviness affects fan performance through motion of the transition onset location due to interaction between surface waviness and Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) boundary layer instability. In particular, the theoretical amplification of the TS waves, and the corresponding transition onset location movement due to surface waviness, was borne out over a range of variations in Reynolds number, non-dimensional surface wavelength, non-dimensional surface wave height, and location of surface wave initiation, relevant to composite fan blade parameters. Further, the increase of receptivity coefficient, and thus the initial amplitude of disturbances due to geometric resonance between surface wavelength and TS wavelength, was also confirmed by the experiments. Surface waviness was estimated, in some cases, to result in a nearly 1% decrease in fan efficiency compared to a non-wavy blade. Suggestions are given for mitigation of the effects of waviness, including the idea of blade curvature rescheduling as a method to delay transition and thus decrease loss.

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