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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 263-271

Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Coupling Effects in Anisotropic Elastic Rotors

1Institute of Mechanics, University of Kassel, Kassel D-34109, Germany
2Laboratoire de Mécanique des Structures, INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne F-69100, France

Revised 7 July 1998

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It is known that in elastic disc-shaft systems in particular, the one-nodal-diameter mode of the discs can be highly coupled with the bending modes of the shaft. Consequently, when the system rotates, the elastic modes of the flexible discs are coupled with the gyroscopic modes of the flexible shaft equipped with rigid discs. In the paper this coupling effect is investigated numerically and experimentally.

A numerical model, based on a finite element cyclic symmetry approach, is presented. This model has been developed for studying the wheel-shaft coupling effects on the global behavior of turbomachinery rotors. In order to better illustrate the phenomenon involved and to validate the model, the method is applied here to a thin tuned and detuned circular disc mounted on an elastic shaft. Related frequency and mode shapes of the rotating assembly are discussed. Additional experimental results, based on an experimental modal analysis technique for rotating structures, are presented. Both numerical and experimental results are compared.