Passive control of flutter and forced response in bladed disks via mistuning

by Shapiro, Benjamin

Abstract (Summary)
Mistuning or blade to blade variation in jet-engine bladed-disks can lead to large changes in engine performance. Even the small random mistuning associated with manufacturing tolerances can significantly change both stability boundaries and forced response. This thesis addresses two questions. Analysis: given any mistuning (random or intentional), what is the resulting change in performance? And passive control: can intentional mistuning be used to improve stability and forced response in a robust manner? A general framework based on symmetry arguments and eigenvalue/vector perturbations is presented to answer both questions. Symmetry constrains all facets of mistuning behaviour and provides simplifications for both the analysis and control problems. This is combined with the eigenvalue/vector perturbation which captures the nonlinear mistuning dependence and solves the analysis problem. It is shown that intentional mistuning can provide robust damping and so guarantee improved stability and forced response under fixed manufacturing tolerances. Results are demonstrated on a high-fidelity low-order model derived from computational-fluid-dynamic data.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Richard M. Murray

School:California Institute of Technology

School Location:USA - California

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:control and dynamical systems


Date of Publication:05/07/1999

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