Comparison Between Calculated and Measured Free-Free Modes for a Flexible Rotor PUBLIC ACCESS

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José A. Vázquez, Lloyd E. Barrett

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Paper No. 98-GT-051, pp. V005T14A011; 8 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7866-8
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


Many industrial machines nowadays are sold based on analysis performed on mathematical models of the rotors, bearings, substructures, and other components. The validity of the analysts therefore depends on the accuracy of the models themselves. When the rotor is available, modal testing may be used to validate the model of the rotor by comparing the calculated and measured free-free natural frequencies and mode shapes. This work presents additional tools for the verification of analytical models against experimental data. These tools use models of the rotor constructed from the measured data and the analytical model. A comparison of the first six calculated and measured free-free natural frequencies and mode shapes for a multi-mass flexible rotor is presented. The natural frequencies compare within 1.8%. The calculated and measured mode shapes were used to construct independent reduced order models of the rotor. These models were used to perform forced response and stability analyses. Forced response functions are presented comparing the forced response characteristics obtained from the two models. This provides a comparison between the measured and calculated forced response functions for the same number of modes. For the stability analysis, identical bearing models were added to both reduced order models. The eigenvalues were calculated using both models for a range of bearing stiffness and damping coefficients and were plotted for comparison.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
Topics: Rotors
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