Modelling of a Microslip Friction Damper Subjected to Translation and Rotation PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Gabor Csaba

Volvo Aero Corporation, Trollhättan, Sweden

Paper No. 99-GT-149, pp. V004T03A012; 13 pages
  • ASME 1999 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; IGTI Scholar Award; General
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 7–10, 1999
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7861-3
  • Copyright © 1999 by ASME


This paper presents a friction interface model where one of the mating surfaces is curved. The model is based on a discretization of the Winkler elastic foundation model and is general in the sense that it allows for relative motion in all six degrees of freedom. The variables for the contact model are based on damper geometry and material data, except coefficient of friction and tangential stiffness coefficient, which have to be measured. Simulated and experimental hysteresis curves are presented.

A model of a curved wedge damper has been developed using the contact model. An algorithm for solving forces and displacement when the damper is allowed to move in all six degrees of freedom has been presented. The governing algebraic equations are solved using a nonlinear least-square method routine in a commercial software package.

Forced response of a beam-damper-beam test set-up has been simulated and compared with experiments. The results highlighted some effects which have not been modelled e.g. the actual contact area between damper and blade is influenced by surface roughness for low normal loads. It is assumed that this effect resulted in problems in getting agreement between experiments and analysis. The influence of surface roughness is assumed to be negligible when vibrations of real turbomachinery are considered. This is due to the fact that both normal and excitation force on the clamper are about ten times higher than what was used in the experiments and simulations in this paper.

Variation of contact radius of the damper shows that a larger radius e.g. a flatter contact gives better damping and increases the resonance frequency. The disadvantage is that the alignment of the damper becomes more unreliable.

Copyright © 1999 by ASME
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