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Title: Finite element for the analysis of rotor-dynamic systems that include gyroscopic effects
Authors: Jones, Simon
Advisors: Esat, II
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Brunel University School of Engineering and Design PhD Theses
Abstract: This thesis presents new finite element formulations for the analysis of rotor-dynamic systems that include the effects of gyroscopic influence. Euler-Bernoulli finite elements have been created for both shaft and propeller descriptions. In addition to the gyroscopic effects, centrifugal stiffening has been considered for the propeller elements. The principle of virtual work has been used to determine the equations of motion and formulate element matrices. The proposed element matrices have been incorporated in the VIBRATIO suite of vibration analysis software in order to test the formulations. The software uses an innovative hybrid modelling technique that enables the user to analyse various dynamic problems including rotating beam elements with rigid body attachments. A model of a ship's drive shaft has been created in VIBRATIO for comparison against a verified ANSYS model. Results for forced vibration shaft analysis show excellent correlation between VIBRATIO's Euler shaft formulation and ANSYS's Timoshenko formulation. Incremental analyses of propeller systems using the novel gyroscopic formulation show gyroscopic effects of flexible blade attachments, and also the changing mode shapes and frequencies due to centrifugal stiffening. Results show gyroscopic and centrifugal stiffening effects must not be ignored for an accurate propeller analysis.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University.
Appears in Collections:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Theses

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