Vibration Amplitudes of Mistuned Blades

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D. Afolabi

School of Engineering and Technology, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN 46223

J. Turbomach 110(2), 251-257 (Apr 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3262188 History: Received May 29, 1987; Online November 09, 2009


Due to the mistuning effect, the nominally identical blades on a rotor are forced to vibrate with greatly unequal amplitudes under certain circumstances. It is, therefore, desirable to have the capability of predicting the highest responding blades so that such blades may be instrumented during engine tests. However, the predictions of various investigators in this regard are apparently inconsistent. Usually, the inconsistency is attributed to differences in mathematical models. By using modal analysis, it is shown that the various results are really not in conflict, but merely reflect the local and contrasting features in the global characteristics of a typical bladed disk. Good agreement is obtained when the results of this study, which is based on a model with structural coupling, are compared with those of other investigators utilizing models with aerodynamic and structural coupling. It is concluded that if the primary resonance being excited is not in a “crossover” zone, the highest responding blades are most likely to be those with extreme mistuning.

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