Experimental non-linear modal testing of an aircraft engine casing assembly

Dario Di Maio*, Paul Bennett, Christoph Schwingshackl, David J. Ewins

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This paper aims to present experimental work on an aircraft engine casing assembly. Nowadays single components of casings can be modeled with such high accuracy that they can be validated by carrying out the model validation process using measured data from a sector of the entire assembly. This smart validation process can be achieved by carrying out the modal analysis with a Scanning LDV (Laser Doppler Vibrometer) system which allows good spatial resolution of the measured mode shapes. The validation process can be assumed valid under linear response conditions obtainable for low vibration amplitudes. Casings are typically connected together by joints which may or may not respond non-linearly under high levels of vibration. Therefore, prior to conducting any non-linear validation, the mode(s) responding non-linearly must be identified beforehand in order to correctly specify the non-linear modal testing required. The work presented here will use a large civil engine casing assembly comprising a Combustion Chamber Outer Casing (CCOC), High Intermediate Pressure Turbine Casing (HIPTC) and Low Pressure Turbine Casing (LPTC.) The Fine Mesh Finite Element Model (FMFEM) was successfully validated using linear modal analysis test data. One of the objectives of this work is to define the key points for conducting non-linear modal testing of such large casing assemblies and sub-assemblies. One outcome of the experimental work was a set of recommendations for performing measurements, which should be carried out within the frequency bandwidth selected during the model validation process. Experimentally derived non-linear response curves arc presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event31st IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2013 - Garden Grove, CA, United States
Duration: 11 Feb 201314 Feb 2013


Conference31st IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGarden Grove, CA


  • Aircraft engine casing
  • Joints
  • Non-linear testing
  • Scanning LDV


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