RESEARCH PAPERS: Vibration and Sound

Critical Speeds of Turbomachinery: Computer Predictions vs. Experimental Measurements—Part I: The Rotor Mass—Elastic Model

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J. M. Vance

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

B. T. Murphy

Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International, Canoga Park, CA 91304

H. A. Tripp

Shell Development Company

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 109(1), 1-7 (Jan 01, 1987) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269389 History: Received August 01, 1986; Online November 23, 2009


This is the first part (Part I) of two papers describing results of a research program directed at verifying computer programs used to calculate critical speeds of turbomachinery. This research program was undertaken since questions existed about the accuracy of calculations for the second and higher critical speeds. Part I describes improvements in computer programs and data modeling that resulted from comparing measured and calculated “free-free” natural frequencies of several shafts and rotors. Program modifications to improve accuracy include consideration of the effect of disk/shaft attachment stiffness, revised treatment of the end masses, and an improved convergence. Modifications resulting from the study are applicable to many other damped and undamped critical speed computer programs.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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