The high mechanical reliability and low deterioration rate of the JT9D high-pressure compressor results in long utilization without exceeding engine operational limits. The increasing cost and decreasing supply of fuel have focused attention on the fuel burned implications of such high time use without refurbishment. The paper presents the results of JT9D high pressure compressor studies. The mechanical deterioration of the JT9D high-pressure compressor gaspath parts versus increasing service usage, documented from inspection of service parts, is presented and discussed including changes in airfoil roughness, blade length, airfoil contour and outer air seal trench characteristics. An estimate of the performance loss versus usage is related to each type of damage. The combined estimated high-pressure compressor performance loss for all mechanisms determined from part inspection is compared to historical engine test data to establish the validity of the predicted loss levels. The effect of cold section refurbishment on engine fuel consumption recovery and the results of an optimization study to determine the appropriate interval for high pressure compressor refurbishment are also reported.
AIRCRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
AIAA PAPER 79-1234
AIAA, SAE, and ASME, Joint Propulsion Conference; June 18-20, 1979; Las Vegas, NV