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In co-operation with

21st Blade Mechanics Seminar & Exhibition

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
08.00h 17.30h, Winterthur (Switzerland)
Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Art


Goals and Motivation

We are glad to announce that the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is about to
organize the 21st Blade Mechanics Seminar in cooperation with the Swiss Section of ASME.
It will be held on 13th September 2016 in a similar theoretical and practical framework and a
variety of interesting topics as the previous conferences.
The unchanged key target is to offer a platform for know-how and experience exchange
among engineers from various turbomachinery companies. The Blade Mechanics Seminar
aims to answer the participants needs coming from their daily work on axial and radial bladed
discs of aero- and heavy-duty engines. All presentations will be held in common engineering
terms by using comprehensible mathematics.

Keynote Presentation
Dr. Michael Klaus, Continental Automotive GmbH, Germany
Blade Vibrations of Radial Turbines in Turbochargers for Passenger Car Applica-
tions: A Challenge for a Simulation Based Development Strategy
Continentals aim in developing modern turbochargers for passenger car applications is to
provide the internal combustion engine with the best possible thermodynamic behavior of the
turbomachine. Therefore, the development of the compressor and turbine stage for each tur-
bocharger is application specic for the wheels and as well for the volutes with a strong focus
on the aerodynamic design. CFD and FEA methods are the basis for this individual layout ap-

On the other hand, the structural integrity of the turbocharger is mandatory. From the very
beginning simulations are used to ensure an appropriate life time of the key components of the
turbocharger. Topics like thermo-mechanic fatigue of volutes and wheels, centrifugal forces,
burst etc. can be analyzed well by using CFD and FEA codes. When it comes to blade vibrations
necessary simulation methods are quite complex and have to be supported by measurements.
A nal test for analyzing blade vibrations is essential.

Nevertheless, during the individual design of the turbine, CFD simulations are used to analyze
the excitation mechanisms which lead to blade vibrations in different turbocharger types like
waste gate turbochargers or VTG turbochargers. It is very important that the transient behavior
of the turbocharger in passenger car applications is taken into account.

The starting point for analyzing blade vibrations is the Campbell diagram which has to be calcu-
lated for each individual design. Tip timing measurements are used to validate these diagrams.
Knowing from CFD simulations the uid forces acting on the blades FEA simulations can be
used to evaluate the resulting alternating stresses. Different blade design or vane/blade con-
gurations can be analyzed and optimizations can be derived. Using the right damping factors
is a key during the development phase and experiments are conducted to nd out appropriate
damping values.

ABB datatel Telemetry
AneCom AeroTest FOGALE nanotech
ASME Europe IMES Institute of Mechanical Systems, ZHAW

08.00 Registration with Welcome Coffee & Croissants

08.30 Address of Welcome Jrg Meier,

Jaroslaw Szwedowicz
08.40 Keynote Presentation:
Blade Vibrations of Radial Turbines in Turbochargers for Passenger Car Appli- Dr. Michael Klaus; Continental Auto-
cations: A Challenge for a Simulation Based Development Strategy motive GmbH, Germany

Session 1 - NDT & CFD in Materials Processing for Safety Blade Engineering
09.30 Digital Technologies Used for the Improvement of the Design of a LPT Blade for Jrgen Wuttig;
an Industrial Gas Turbine GE Switzerland GmbH, Switzerland

10.00 Coffee Break & Visit of Exhibition of Seminar Sponsors

Session 2 - Vibration Measurements and Design Control of Last Turbine Stages

10.30 Experimental Blade Vibration Measurements on ST Rotating Snubbered Blades Mauro Maccio;
A.S.EN, Italy
11.00 Monitoring of Blade Vibrations Using Relative Shaft Vibration Signals Methodo- Jindrich Liska; University of West
logy and Comparative Study Bohemia, Czech Republic

11.30 HCF Component Test Facility for Full-Scale LP Steam Turbine End Stage Blades Shilun Sheng;
Siemens AG, Germany
12.00 Numerical and Experimental Vibration Analyses of 75 Ultra-Long Last Stage Jiamin Zhang; Shanghai Turbine
Blade for Nuclear Steam Turbine Works Co. Ltd., China

12.30 Lunch & Visit of Exhibition of Seminar Sponsors

Session 3 - Experimental Validations of Nonlinear Blade Vibrations

13.30 Blade Vibration Events during the Test Campaign of the 1 Stage Fan Demons- Clas Andersson;
trator Hulda GKN Aerospace, Sweden

14.00 Numerical Nonlinear Forced Response Analyses on Laboratory Turbine Locking Tomokazu Miyakozawa;
Plate Rig Rolls-Royce, UK

14.30 An Insight into Under-Platform Damper Mechanics - Results at AERMEC Muzio Gola;
POLITO Politecnico di Torino, Italy

15.00 A Comparison between Numerical 2-Way FSI Analyses and Experimental Blade Florian Schnleitner;
Vibration Measurements Graz University of Technology, Austria

15.30 Coffee break & Visit of Exhibition of Seminar Sponsors

Session 4 - Progress in Methods Simulating Nonlinear Blade Vibrations

16.00 Frequency-Domain Analysis of Stability of Periodic Nonlinear Vibrations for Large Evgeny Petrov;
Models of Structures with Localised Nonlinearities University of Sussex, UK
16.30 Forced Response of Coupled Blades with Variable Operating Points Ferhat Kaptan;
Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
17.00 Probabilistic Investigations of the Vibrational Behaviour of Mistuned Structures Christian Waldherr;
using Reduced Order Models University of Stuttgart, Germany
17.30 Closing Remark

The Exhibition is free-of-charge for students and others during the technical sessions.
General Information

Conference Venue
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Eulachpassage, building TN E0.58,
Technikumstrasse 71, 8401 Winterthur

The conference venue is situated at a walking distance of 450 metres from the station. The
trains run as often as every 15 to 20 minutes from Zurich Airport and take about 15 minutes to
arrive in Winterthur.

Costs and Closing Date

The participation fee amounts to CHF 200 (approx. 185.- Euro) for registrations until
August 28, 2016 or CHF 230 (approx. 215.- Euro) for registrations after this date. This payment
includes also documents, proceedings and meals.

Please register online at:

Hotel Information
Various Hotels offer special rates for seminar participants. You will nd the details on the seminar

University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Winterthur, in co-operation with the
Swiss Section of ASME

Prof. Dr. Jrg Meier Dr. Jaroslaw Szwedowicz Susanne Schtz

Head of Institute of Chair of the Swiss Seminar Ofce, Institute
Mechanical Systems Section of ASME of Mechanical Systems

ZHAW Zurich University General Electric ZHAW Zurich University

of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) GmbH of Applied Sciences

+41 (0) 58 934 72 27 +41 (0) 58 505 48 80 +41 (0) 58 934 77 86

Further Information/Abstracts
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