Structural Integrity Analysis and Evaluation of Cooled Cooling Air Heat Exchanger for Aero Engine
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The rise in air traffic demand has led to the escalation of concerns about environmental effects, such as pollution emission. Thus, developing a technology that would reduce environmental problems is more urgent. One of the methods for reducing gas emission is to increase the combustion temperature, which, unfortunately, increases the turbine blade temperature. This problem can be solved by installing a heat exchanger on the engine. However, developing the appropriate heat exchanger that can withstand the severe operating conditions of an aircraft engine is difficult. Thus, a heat exchanger has not yet been installed in an aero engine, but is still being developed. This study aims to assess the structural integrity of the heat exchanger being developed. A finite element (FE) analysis was performed under certain flight operating conditions. The surface temperature was measured during the performance test to verify the thermal boundary conditions. The analysis results were then evaluated according to the fatigue strength of Inconel 625 at 104 cycles. Moreover, a transient analysis was conducted to identify the analysis results under a steady state. Its results were compared with those of a static analysis. The comparison showed an acceptable result in their differences. Therefore, the static analysis results of the full model are considered reasonable.
KeywordsHeat exchanger Aero engine Finite element analysis Structural analysis Inconel 625
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