Nonlinear vibration of mistuned bladed disk assemblies

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2008

Thesis Language: English

Student: Günay Orbay



High cycle fatigue (HCF) failure has been studied extensively over the last two decades. Its impact on jet engines is severe enough that may result in engine losses and even life losses. The main requirement for fatigue life predictions is the stress caused by mechanical vibrations. One of the factors which have major impact on the vibratory stresses of bladed disk assemblies is a phenomenon called “mistuning” which is defined as the vibration localization caused by the loss of cyclic periodicity which is a consequence of inter‐blade variations in structural properties. In this thesis, component mode synthesis method (CMSM) is combined with nonlinear forced response analysis in modal domain. Newton‐Raphson and arc length continuation procedures are implemented for the solution. The component mode synthesis method introduces the capability of imposing mistuning on the modal properties of each blade in the assembly. Forced response analysis in modal domain reduces the problem size via mode truncation. The main advantage of the proposed method is that it is capable of calculating nonlinear forced response for all the degrees‐of‐freedom at each blade with less computational effort. This makes it possible to make a stress analysis at resonance conditions. The case studies presented in this thesis emphasize the importance of number of modes retained in the reduced order model for both CMSM and nonlinear forced response analysis. Furthermore, the results of the case studies have shown that both nonlinearity and mistuning can cause shifts in resonance frequencies and changes in resonance amplitudes. Despite the changes in resonance conditions, the shape of the blade motion may not be affected.