Vibration and buckling of flexible rotating beams

Chris D. Eick, Marc Mignolet

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Perturbation techniques are employed to estimate the free vibration characteristics and buckling limit of a flexible rotating Bernoulli-Euler beam. The normalized beam stiffness e = EI/mΩR4 is introduced and treated as a small parameter. Then, singular perturbation solutions to the governing eigenvalue problem are derived that are valid up to and including order e for any given hub radius. The special case of a zero hub radius is then considered and the corresponding solutions are presented. Next, a transformation is introduced which leads to a regular perturbation formulation of the problem the solution of which is presented. The natural frequency/mode shape predictions and buckling limits obtained from both the singular and regular perturbation formulations are compared with “exact” values obtained from a power series solution of the eigenvalue problem. The singular perturbation solution matches well with the “exact” values for small stiffnesses whereas the regular perturbation solution provides an excellent accuracy for all beam stiffnesses and hub radii considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-538
Number of pages11
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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