On the nonlinear dynamics of a rotor in autorotation: a combined experimental and numerical approach

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Abstract

This article presents a systematic assessment of the use of numerical continuation and bifurcation techniques in investigating the nonlinear periodic behaviour of a teetering rotor operating in forward autorotation. The aim is to illustrate the potential of these tools in revealing complex blade dynamics, when used in combination (not necessarily at the same time) with physical testing. We show a simple procedure to promote understanding of an existing but not fully understood engineering instability problem, when uncertainties in the numerical modelling and constraints in the experimental testing are present. It is proposed that continuation and bifurcation methods can play a significant role in developing numerical and experimental techniques for studying the nonlinear dynamics not only for rotating blades but also for other engineering systems with uncertainties and constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2014.0411
Number of pages23
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Volume373
Issue number2051
Early online date24 Aug 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • bifurcation
  • continuation
  • autorotation
  • stability
  • autogyro

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