The ability to accurately predict rotating machine resonant frequencies and to assess their stability and response to external forces is crucial from a reliability and preventive maintenance perspective. Resonant frequencies and forced response become more difficult to predict when additional complicated components such as gearboxes are present in the rotor system. Gearbox dynamics contain many complex interactions and many of the simplifying assumptions provided in the literature do not apply to most geared systems. A finite element formulation of the gearbox, which couples the axial, lateral, and torsional degrees-of-freedom of the low and high-speed shafts, is developed. It has the capability to apply to a wide variety of both spur and helical geared systems and is sufficiently robust to account for arbitrary orientation angles between the parallel shafts. This study presents a rotor dynamic analysis of an industrial drive-train consisting of a steam turbine, herringbone gearbox, and a generator using 1-D Timoshenko beam elements. The rotor dynamic analysis consists of the calculation of the damped natural frequencies, mode shapes, and provides insight into the stability of the industrial drive-train.

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