Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Brian T. Bohan, PhD
Additive manufacturing (AM) and molding are manufacturing methods known for building representations or replicas of conceptualized engine components, but was considered impractical for manufacturing operating engine components. More recent technology has rendered composite materials (combining high-temperature polymers and fiber reinforcement) capable of withstanding the temperature and structural requirements to compete with conventional turbomachinery metals. This study explores the application of several high-temperature polymers (ULTEM 9085, Onyx-Carbon fiber, and Epoxy-Carbon fiber) and their survivability in the operating conditions of a P400 Engine compressor. The tests conducted for this study determined their viability as compressor materials. This study required conducting tensile specimen testing, FEA modeling, and physical compressor spin testing. The results of each will be discussed.
DTIC Accession Number
De Leon, Mauro Noel V., "Design and Testing of a Composite Compressor Rotor" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5434.