The design and development of the rotating machinery require a precise identification of its dynamic response for efficient operation and failure prevention. Determination of critical speeds and mode shapes is crucial in this regard. In this paper, a finite element model (FEM) based on the Euler beam theory is developed for investigating the dynamic behavior of flexible rotors. In-house code in Scilab environment, an open source platform, is developed to solve the matrix equation of motion of the rotor-bearing system. The finite element model is validated by the impact hammer test and the dynamic testing performed on the rotors supported on a purpose-built experimental setup. Bearing stiffness is approximated by using the Hertzian contact theory. Obtaining the critical speeds and mode shapes further improves the understanding of dynamic response of rotors. This study paves way towards advanced research in rotordynamics in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, GIK Institute.

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