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The Steady-State Thermal Effect on Rotordynamics of a Rod-Fastened Rotor-Bearing System

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M. Zhuo, L. H. Yang, L. Yu

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shanxi, China

Paper No. IMECE2014-37366, pp. V04BT04A014; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4648-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Gas turbine rotor works at high temperature, especially the turbine used to expand hot gas and generate power. For the F class heavy duty gas turbine, the inlet temperature of hot expanding gas of the first turbine stage can be as high as 1400°C. Temperature is not only the source of thermal stress of gas turbine rotors but also leads to the variation of elastic modulus. Both of these two factors can cause a local stiffness variation of the rotor and thus have an influence on the dynamic characteristics of the rotor. The rotor investigated in this paper is a circumferential distributed rod-fastened rotor which is made of several discs bolted together. A 3-D model of the combined rotor system considering contact effect is established. The steady-state temperature field of the combined rotor is obtained through a thermal analysis. The stress distribution due to restraint on free expansions of components of the rotor as well as the deformation under steady-state thermal load is derived from a static structural analysis. Then a pre-stress modal analysis is performed to calculate the lateral natural frequencies of the rotor-bearing system. Finally, based on modal results, unbalance response of the rotor-bearing system is calculated through a harmonic analysis. For all steady-state thermal related analysis, two kinds of elastic modulus are calculated, i.e., constant and temperature-dependent elastic modulus, corresponding to the effect of thermal stress and material degradation, respectively. Both two steady-state cases are compared with the room temperature results to evaluate the role of these two thermal factors.

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