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COMDES-MELTThe engine icing risk prediction code, COMDES-MELT, is a mean-line compressor analysis code coupled with an ice crystal thermodynamic state code. The COMDES-MELT code computes the velocity, pressure, temperature, and flow angles at the leading edge and trailing edge of each blade row, at the hub, mean, and tip sections. This compressor code includes the ability to calculate the effects of water vapor on the fluid properties of the air water vapor mixture based on the mole fraction of air to water vapor. The relative humidity at the engine inlet is specified, and the local specific humidity (mass of water/mass of air) is computed through each component of the inlet-fan-LPC, taking the sublimation, melting, and evaporation of an ice particle into consideration, as well as the local air temperature. The resulting effect of the humid air on the performance of the compressor is computed. Several key parameters have been identified as early indicators of ice accretion: the local wet-bulb temperature, the melt ratio within each blade row, and the ice water flow rate to air flow rate ratio. If the limiting values of these key parameters are met, there is a risk that ice will accrete on the surfaces of the compressor. With these parameters as the precursors to ice accretion, the blade row within the compression system can be identified that is likely to experience ice buildup at a particular engine operating condition.

The computer code is available from the NASA software repository:

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