The effect of multistage coupling on the dynamics of a rotor consisting of eight bladed discs on a solid shaft is considered. Free vibrations are examined using finite element representations of rotating single blades, bladed discs, and the complete rotor. In this study, the global rotating mode shapes of flexible tuned bladed discs-shaft assemblies are calculated. Rotational effects, such as centrifugal stiffening are accounted for. The calculated natural frequencies obtained from the blade, the shaft, the bladed disc, and the complete shaft with discs are carefully examined to discover resonance conditions and the coupling effects. It was found that the flexible modes of the tuned bladed discs affected by shaft motion are those with zero, one and two nodal diameters. In these modes the shaft deflection is clearly visible. Different EO excitation is applied for particular stages in forced vibration analysis.

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