This paper is to study ground-based vibration response of a spinning, cyclic symmetric rotor through a theoretical analysis and an experimental study. The theoretical analysis consists of three steps. The first step is to analyze vibration characteristics of a stationary cyclic symmetric rotor with N identical substructures. For each vibration mode, we identify a phase index n and derive a Fourier expansion of the mode shape in terms of the phase index n. The second step is to predict rotor-based vibration response of the spinning, cyclic symmetric rotor based on the Fourier expansion of the mode shapes and the phase indices. The rotor-based formulation includes gyroscopic and centrifugal softening terms. Moreover, rotor-based response of repeated modes and distinct modes is obtained analytically. The third step is to transform the rotor-based response to ground-based response using the Fourier expansion of the stationary mode shapes. The theoretical analysis leads to the following conclusions. First, gyroscopic effects have no significant effects on distinct modes. Second, the presence of gyroscopic and centrifugal softening effects cause the repeated modes to split into two modes with distinct frequencies ω1 and ω2 in the rotor-based coordinates. Third, the transformation to ground-based observers leads to primary and secondary resonances. In general, the ground-based response presents resonance branches in the Campbell diagram at ω1 ± kω3 and ω2 ± kω3, where k is phase index n plus an integer multiple of cyclic symmetry N. When the gyroscopic effect is significantly greater than the centrifugal softening effect, two of the four resonance branches disappear. The remaining resonances take the form of either ω1 + kω3 and ω2 − kω3 or ω1 − kω3 and ω2 + kω3. To verify these predictions, we also conduct a modal testing on a spinning disk carrying 4 pairs of brackets evenly spaced in the circumferential direction with ground-based excitations and responses. The disk-bracket system is mounted on a high-speed, air-bearing spindle. An automatic hammer excites the spinning disk-bracket system and a laser Doppler vibrometer measures its vibration response. A spectrum analyzer processes the hammer excitation force and the vibrometer measurements to obtain waterfall plots at various spin speeds. The measured primary and secondary resonances from the waterfall plots agree well with those predicted analytically.

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