in this work, a new model is proposed for the vibration analysis of turbine blades with dry friction dampers. The aim of the study is to develop a multiblade model that is accurate and yet easy to be analyzed so that it can be used efficiently in the design of friction dampers. The suggested nonlinear model for a bladed disk assembly includes all the blades with blade to blade and/or blade to cover plate dry friction dampers. An important feature of the model is that both macro-slip and micro-slip models are used in representing dry friction dampers. The model is simple to be analyzed as it is the case in macro-slip model, and yet it includes the features of more realistic micro-slip model. The nonlinear multidegree-of-freedom (mdof) model of bladed disk system is analyzed in frequency domain by applying a quasi-linearization technique, which transforms the nonlinear differential equations into a set of nonlinear algebraic equations. The solution method employed reduces the computational effort drastically compared to time solution methods for nonlinear systems, which makes it possible to obtain a more realistic model by the inclusion of all blades around the disk, disk itself and all friction dampers since in general system parameters are not identical throughout the geometry. The validation of the method is demonstrated by comparing the results obtained in this study with those given in literature and also with results obtained by time domain analysis. In the case studies presented the effect of friction damper parameters on vibration characteristics of tuned and mistuned bladed disk systems is studied by using a 20 blade system. It is shown that the method presented can be used to find the optimum friction damper values in a bladed disk assembly. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.