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BLASIM - A computational tool to assess ice impact damage on engine bladesA portable computer code called BLASIM is developed at NASA LeRC to assess the ice impact damage on aircraft engine blades. In addition to the ice impact analyses, the code is also capable of carrying out static, dynamic, resonance margin and flutter analyses. The blade can be solid, hollow, superhybrid or composite material. An optional preprocessor (input generator) is also developed to generate input to the code through interactive process. The blade geometry can be defined either by a series of airfoils at discrete input stations or by a finite element grid. The code employs a coarse fixed finite element mesh with triangular plate finite elements and has quick turnaround time. The ice piece is modeled as an equivalent spherical object and has the velocity opposite to that of the aircraft with direction parallel to the engine axis. For the local impact damage assessment, the impact force is considered as a distributed load acting over a region around the impact point and the average radial strain of the finite elements along the leading edge is taken as a measure of the local damage. To estimate the damage at the blade root, the impact is considered to be an impulse and a combined stress failure criteria is employed. Parametric studies for local and root ice impact damage, and post-impact dynamics are discussed for solid and composite blades.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Reddy, E. S.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Abumeri, G. H.
(Sverdrup Technology, Inc. Brook Park, OH, United States)
Chamis, C. C.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 5 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1638
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