Date: January 21, 1949
Creator: Arnoldi, Walter E.
Description: The flexural vibration of a rotating propeller blade with clamped shank is analyzed with the object of presenting, in matrix form, equations for the elastic bending moments in forced vibration resulting from aerodynamic forces applied at a fixed multiple of rotational speed. Matrix equations are also derived which define the critical speeds end mode shapes for any excitation order and the relation between critical speed and blade angle. Reference is given to standard works on the numerical solution of matrix equations of the forms derived. The use of a segmented blade as an approximation to a continuous blade provides a simple means for obtaining the matrix solution from the integral equation of equilibrium, so that, in the numerical application of the method presented, the several matrix arrays of the basic physical characteristics of the propeller blade are of simple form, end their simplicity is preserved until, with the solution in sight, numerical manipulations well-known in matrix algebra yield the desired critical speeds and mode shapes frame which the vibration at any operating condition may be synthesized. A close correspondence between the familiar Stodola method and the matrix method is pointed out, indicating that any features of novelty are characteristic not ...
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