Blade edges

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► IMPELLER | Blade edge

The previously designed blade has a blunt leading and trailing edge (connection line between endpoints of suction and pressure side).

The blade edges are designed by specifying its thickness distribution. The representation of the blade thickness s is made on 15% of the straight blade length l on leading and trailing edge.

If the complete thickness distribution including leading or trailing edge was already designed in the Blade profile dialog, then the Edge position (transition from blade edge to blade suction/pressure side) has to be defined only.

In panel Design mode the blade edge shape can be selected:

(1) Simple


The blade edge has a blunt end. A straight line is calculated from the endpoint of suction side perpendicular to the mean line.

Trim on inlet/outlet effects trimming the blade on the corresponding inlet or outlet surface.

(2) Linear

The blade thickness is changing linear, with an elliptic rounding at the end.


The edge is defined by the overall length L, the radius of the end rounding R and the axis ratio of the end rounding.

Furthermore an asymmetry can be specified.

(3) Ellipse


The blade edge is rounded elliptically.

The axis ratio can be defined. One axis runs on the mean line, the other perpendicular.

(4) Bezier


For this purpose 4th order Bezier curves are used.

Points 0 and 4 representing the transition between the blade sides and the rounded blade edge. You can move these points only along the corresponding blade side. Bezier points 1 and 3 can only be moved on straight lines which correspond to the gradient of the curve in points 0 or 4, respectively in order to guarantee smooth transition from the contour to the blade edge. Bezier point 2 is not restricted to move - it has the most influence to the shape of the blade edge. Its horizontal position is calculated automatically in such way that the leading edge starts at position l=0 and the trailing edge ends at position l=blade length. The blade edges are designed at the first or last 10% of the blade length.

Axis-Symmetric results in symmetric geometry, i.e. points 0/4 and 1/3 have the same horizontal position and point 2 is on the middle line.

There are two different possibilities to determine the shape of the blade edge. In the Bezier curve option panel you can select between:

Coupled linear:
only blade edges of hub and shroud will be fixed, while anything between will be interpolated linearly

when designing blade edge on hub or shroud then Bezier points of all other leading edges have the same relative positions

Possible warnings


Possible solutions

Blades exceed meridional boundaries due to specified blade edge geometry.
Check meridional leading and trailing edge position.

The warning indicates that some parts of the blade leading edge are outside the meridional dimensions of the component.

The orthogonal application of thickness on the mean lines can result in some blade position outside the meridional boundaries. Therefore, the model finishing option 'solid trimming' will not be available.

Dependent upon the location of these areas one has to modify leading or trailing edge.

If the leading edge (or the trailing edge of turbines) exceeds the meridional boundaries you can adjust it in the Meridional contour dialog only.

Exceeding trailing edge (or leading edge of turbines) can be corrected by trim on in/outlet.

It is impossible to trim blade at leading/trailing edge.

The resulting blade has to be trimmed on the meridional leading and trailing edge. In special situations this trim operation is not possible for geometric reasons.

Meridional contour, Mean line:
The angle between the mean line and the meridional leading/ trailing edge should be high.

Blade profile: Reduce blade thickness.

Error when extrapolating Blade to reach Hub/Shroud surface.
Check meridional geometry, blade angles and thickness.

The orthogonal blade thickness is added to the blade mean line to create the blade sides. Then one blade side will be trimmed on hub/ shroud, the other one will be extrapolated to hub/ shroud surface.

For the below illustrated configurations of meridional contour and blade geometry the extrapolation fails.

Meridional contour: Account for blade thickness during leading edge positioning or align leading edge towards the direction of the shroud normal (see images below).

The trimming/ extrapolation of blade and hub/ shroud will be successful depending on blade angles and blade thickness. A solution can be the modification of the leading edge by repositioning and changing its angle relative to the shroud.

Blade properties: Increase the number of spans.

Blade profile: Reduce blade thickness or change thickness definition to "Perpendicular to mean line".

Mean line: Check mean line shape and keep lean angle on a low level.

Impossible blade edge design: overlapping leading and trailing edge blade.

Overlapping of Leading and trailing edge, impossible to design  pressure and suction side.

Reduce the edge positions of one or both edges.