Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Publications

Testing and Calibration Procedures for Mistuning Identification and Traveling Wave Excitation of Blisks

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Conference Proceeding

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Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo


In this work, an integrated testing and calibration procedure is presented for performing mistuning identification (ID) and traveling wave excitation (TWE) of one-piece bladed disks (blisks). The procedure yields accurate results while also being highly efficient and is comprised of three basic phases. First, selected modes from a tuned blisk finite element model are used to determine a minimal set of measurement degrees of freedom (and locations) that will work well for mistuning ID. Second, a testing procedure is presented that allows the mistuning to be identified from relatively few vibration response measurements. A numerical validation is used to investigate the convergence of the mistuning ID results to a prescribed mistuning pattern using the proposed approach and alternative testing strategies. Third, a method is derived to iteratively calibrate the excitation applied to each blade so that differences among the blade excitation magnitudes can be minimized for a single blade excitation, and also the excitation phases can be accurately set to achieve the desired traveling wave excitation. The calibration algorithm uses the principle of reciprocity and involves solving a least-squares problem to reduce the effects of measurement noise and uncertainty. Because the TWE calibration procedure re-uses the data collected during the mistuning ID, the overall procedure is integrated and efficient.


Electric machinery, excitation systems, rotating disks, finite element method, calibration, degrees of freedom