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Free Vibration Analysis of Uniform and Asymmetric Composite Pretwisted Rotating Thin Walled Beam

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Touraj Farsadi, Özgün Şener, Altan Kayran

Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Paper No. IMECE2017-70531, pp. V001T03A016; 22 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5834-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Composite pretwisted rotating thin walled beams (TWB) can be used as the structural model for composite helicopter and wind turbine blades for the study of aeroelastic response of the blades. In the present study, semi-analytical solution is performed for the free vibration analysis of uniform and asymmetric composite pretwisted rotating TWB. The approximation of the Green-Lagrange strain tensor is adopted to derive the strain field of the system. The Euler–Lagrange governing equations of the dynamic system and the related boundary conditions are derived via Hamilton’s principle. In order to solve the governing set of equations, the Extended Galerkin’s Method (EGM) is employed. For this purpose, the structural variables are separated in space and time and the assumed mode shapes are defined to satisfy the essential boundary conditions. For the purpose of validating the TWB model developed, the commercial finite element analysis tool, MSC Nastran is used to compare the results of modal analysis obtained by the present structural model with the finite element solution. With the results obtained in this paper, it is aimed to ascertain the effect of various coupling in circumferentially asymmetric stiffness (CAS) and circumferentially uniform stiffness CUS configurations, pretwist, angular velocity and fibre orientation, on the natural frequencies and the mode shapes of the rotating thin-walled composite beams. The results are expected to propose better predictions of the vibrational behavior of thin walled structures in general, and in the design of rotor blades of turbomachinery, rotorcraft and wind turbine systems, in particular.

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