This work presents two distinct procedures to perform fatigue crack-growth simulations in a high pressure
compressor disc of a turbofan engine.
Two distinct load cases were separately considered as applied to the compressor disc under analysis: one load case was used to replicate a full-size experimental fatigue bench test, whereas the other was used to simulate the real in service operating conditions of the engine.
Two distinct approaches were adopted for the simulations: a full FEM approach and a particular variant of a FEM-DBEM submodelling strategy. It is worth mentioning that, with the latter approach, the only needed boundary conditions for the DBEM submodel analysis are tractions applied on the crack faces; such tractions are derived by the global FEM analysis.
A sound agreement between numerical and experimental outcomes was obtained.
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