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Dynamic modeling of turbine blade with friction damper and study of the resonant response of blade.


Service failure of gas turbine blades in many instances can be attributed to high cycle fatigue caused by large resonant amplitudes. In order to avoid such failures, designers of aircraft engines frequently incorporate friction devices into turbine designs to increase damping and reduce vibratory vibratory /vi·bra·to·ry/ (vi´brah-tor?e) vibrating or causing vibration.


vibrating or causing vibration; vibritile.
 stresses. These devices are frequently of the type designated herein as "blade-to-ground" dampers. A blade -to-ground damper provides a link between a vibrating vibrating,
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 point on the blade (see fig.1) and a relatively rigid structure such as the cover plate. The damper transmits a load through a friction contact which dissipates energy when slip occurs.



For a number of years, considerable effort has been made towards understanding the effects of friction on the dynamic response of structures. But there is a lack of theoretical model that can predict the response of the experiments.


The response of turbine blade under the influence of friction damping is studied in different ways by different researchers (Berger and Krousgrill 2002, Cameron and Griffin 1989, 1990, Csaba 1991, Den Hartog 1931, Ferri and Dowell 1988, Griffin 1980, 1990, Hundal 1979, Johansson 1992, Menq et al 1986, 1986, Metherell and Diller 1968, Mindlin et al 1951 and Salinturk et al 2001). But, there is a need for a good mathematical model to simulate the parameters affecting the response of the turbine blade easily. To address the lack of research on this issue, a mathematical model is developed for the combined blade with damper in the present work to study the system response in a effective way.

The equations 1, 2 3 4 and 5 were collected from Venkataramaiah (2006) to determine the stiffness of damper ([K.sub.2]) and damping coefficient ([C.sub.eq]).

Normal load acting on the damper, N = [[beta].sub.1]L + 2/3[[beta].sub.2]L (1)

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The combined system is modeled by considering the turbine blade as a cantilever beam which is fixed at one end and a damper is attached to the blade as shown in Fig.1. A dynamic model is developed for the combined blade and damper system as shown in Fig.3. This dynamic model consists of the elements such as modal mass of blade (m), modal stiffness of blade ([K.sub.1]), stiffness of damper ([K.sub.2]) and damping coefficient ([C.sub.eq]). This model has the ability to predict the response of structure.

Mass is excited by harmonic force ([P.sub.1]). Displacement of mass is [x.sub.1] and damper displacement is [x.sub.2] produced due to excitation excitation

Addition of a discrete amount of energy to a system that changes it usually from a state of lowest energy (ground state) to one of higher energy (excited state). For example, in a hydrogen atom, an excitation energy of 10.
. In the analysis, governing equations are developed for the model as shown in 6,7.


Assumptions of model

1. Excitation force is harmonic in nature.

2. Friction damping is replaced by equivalent viscous viscous /vis·cous/ (vis´kus) sticky or gummy; having a high degree of viscosity.

1. Having relatively high resistance to flow.

2. Viscid.
 damping in model.

3. Force at damper end is equal to excitation force



Solution of above equations is easily found by using complex algebra procedure by considering


From eq.6, 7, and 8 the solution of equation as


To simplify analysis, make the above equation as non-dimensional, by considering



Maximum amplitude of excitation at [[bar.[omega].sub.1] = [[bar].[omega].sub.n] is

[X.sub.1] = M.F ([P.sub.o]/[K.sub.1] (12)


Here MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) A programming language for technical computing from The MathWorks, Natick, MA ( Used for a wide variety of scientific and engineering calculations, especially for automatic control and signal processing, MATLAB runs on Windows, Mac and  code is developed to perform various numerical simulations for the parameters which affects the response of turbine blade under the influence of friction damping. The data are considered for simulations as follows:

Elasticity of damper material (E) =2x[10.sup.5] N/[mm.sup.2]

Length of damper (L)=25 mm

Area of cross section of damper(A)=16 [mm.sup.2]

Coefficient of friction coefficient of friction
n. pl. coefficients of friction
The ratio of the force that maintains contact between an object and a surface and the frictional force that resists the motion of the object.
 ([mu])=0.12 - 0.4

Max. Applied force at damper end (Pa)=800 N

Modal mass of blade (m)= 0.1243 Kg

Modal stiffness of blade ([K.sub.1])= 9.3743X[10.sup.5] N/m

Natural frequency of blade ([f.sub.n])=437 Hz

Circular natural frequency of blade ([[bar.[omega].sub.n])=2700 rad/sec

Circular frequency of excitation ([[bar].[omega].sub.1])=[[bar].[omega].sub.n]

Elasticity of blade material ([E.sub.b])=2.1X[10.sup.5] N/[mm.sup.2]

Density of blade material ([rho])=8.53X[10.sup.-6] N/[mm.sup.3]

Cross section of blade at root (bXt)=40X2.5 [mm.sup.2]

Blade and damper material=1080 cold rolled steel

4.1. Effect of excitation force on resonant amplitude of blade vibration

Fig.4. shows that the resonant amplitude of blade is changed with increase of normal load at different excitation levels. The amplitude of vibration the maximum displacement of a vibrating particle or body from its position of rest.

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 is decreased with increase of normal load upto 200 N and after this, the amplitude is again increased. This is due to the increase of damper stiffness with the increase of normal load after 200 N.

Coefficient of friction=0.17

Excitation force for

Curve-1 =15 N Curve-2 =18 N Curve-3 =21 N


4.2. Effect of coefficient of friction on amplitude of blade vibration


Fig.4. shows that the resonant amplitude of blade is changed with increase of normal load at different coefficient of friction. The position of curves changed with change of coefficient of friction and optimum normal load is shifted. This depends upon the amount of excitation force and damper stiffness.

Coefficient friction for Curve-1 =0.17, cuve-2 =0.23, cuve-3=0.29, curve-4=0.35, curve-5 =0.41 Excitation force ([P.sub.o]) =20 N


Numerical simulations are performed for the parameters which affect the resonant response of blade to analyze the system. Dynamic model of blade and damper system which is developed here is effectively reflects the performance of damper. This model would optimize the friction damper and is capable of simulating response parameters under all conditions of damper. The parametric studies show that it is possible to draw qualitative conclusions using the blade with damper model developed in this work, and it would reduce the laboratory work
A                      Damper cross-section area in [mm.sup.2]
N                      Total normal acting on damper in Newton
E                      Modulus of elasticity of damper material in
L                      Length of damper in mm
[U.sub.a]              Max. Displacement of damper end in mm
[mu]                   Coefficient of friction
[[beta].sub.1],        Normal load coefficients in N/mm
[[alpha].sub.a]        Maximum slip length in mm
[[alpha]]       Slip coefficient
[P.sub.a]              Max force at damper end in Newton
[K.sub.2]              Stiffness of damper N/m
m                      Modal mass of blade in Kg
[K.sub.1]              Modal stiffness of blade material in N/m
[[bar.[omega].sub.1]   Circular frequency of excitation in rad/sec
[[bar.[omega].sub.2]   Circular natural frequency of blade in rad/sec
[xi]                   Damping factor
[C.sub.eq]             Equivalent viscous damping coefficient in
[X.sub.1]              Max. Amplitude at tip of blade in mm
[X.sub.2]              Displacement of the damper in mm.
[P.sub.o]              Excitation force in N.

Normalized parameters



[1] Berger, E. J. and Krousgrill, C. M. 2002. "On friction damping modeling using bilinear bi·lin·e·ar  
Linear with respect to each of two variables or positions. Used of functions or equations.

Adj. 1. bilinear - linear with respect to each of two variables or positions
 hystorisis elements", Journal of vibration and acoustics, Vol. 124:367.

[2] Cameron, T.M. and Griffin, J.H.1990. "An integrated approach for friction damper design", Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, Vol. 112:175.

[3] Cameron, T.M. and Griffin, J.H.1989. "An alternating frequency/time domain method for calculating the steady state response of nonlinear dynamic systems", Transactions of the ASME ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers , Journal of Applied Mechanics the principles of abstract mechanics applied to human art; also, the practical application of the laws of matter and motion to the construction of machines and structures of all kinds.

See also: Mechanics
, Vol. 56: 149-154.

[4] Csaba, G.1991. "Parametric study on friction damping of turbine blade vibration", M.Sc. Thesis 1991: 112E. Lulea University of Technology, 1991.

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[6] Ferri, A.A. and Dowell, E.H.1988. "Frequency domain solutions to multi-degree-offreedom, dry friction damped systems", Journal of Sound and Vibration The Journal of Sound and Vibration is a scientific journal in the field of acoustics. It is published by Elsevier. External links
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[9] Hundal, M.S. 1979. "Response of a base excited system with Coulomb and Viscous friction", Journal of Sound and Vibration, 64(3):371 -378.

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[12] Menq, C. H., Beilak, J. and Griffin, J.H.1986. "The influence of microslip on vibratory response, Part I: A new microslip model", Journal of Sound and Vibration 107(2) :279-293.

[13] Menq, C. H., Beilak J., and Griffin, J.H. 1986. "The influence of microslip on vibratory response, Part II:A comparison with experimental results", Journal of Sound and Vibration 107(2):295-307.

[14] Metherell, A.F. and Diller, S.V.1968. " Instantaneous Energy Dissipation Rate in a Lap Joint--Uniform Clamping Pressure", Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Applied Mechanics, : 123-128.

[15] Mindlin, R.D., Mason, W.P., Osmer, J.F. and Deresiewicz, H. 1951. "Effects of an oscillating os·cil·late  
intr.v. os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing, os·cil·lates
1. To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.

 tangential force (Mech.) a force which acts on a moving body in the direction of a tangent to the path of the body, its effect being to increase or diminish the velocity; - distinguished from a normal force, which acts at right angles to the tangent and changes the direction of the motion without  on the contact surfaces of elastic spheres", 1st US National Congress of Applied Mechanics (Chicago III, 1951).

[16] Salinturk, K. Y., Ewins, D.J., Elliott, R. and Green, J.S.2001. " Friction damper optimization and simulation of rainbow tests", Transaction of the ASME, Vol.123/930,2001.

[17] Venkataramaiah, P.2006. " Modeling,Simulation and Design of Friction damper used for the control of vibration in a gas turbine blade-A microslip approach", Phd work, S.V. University, Tirupati, 2006.

* P. Venkataramaiah and ** G. Krishnaiah

* Department of Mechanical Engineering, Srikalahasteeswara Institute of Technology, SRIKALAHASTI- 517644, (A.P.), INDIA.
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