Intentional mistuning is a well known procedure to decrease the uncontrolled vibration amplification effects of the inherent random mistuning and to reduce the sensitivity to it. The idea is to introduce an intentional mistuning pattern that is small but much larger that the existing random mistuning. The frequency of adjacent blades is moved apart by the intentional mistuning, reducing the effect of the blade-to-blade coupling and thus the effect of the random mistuning. The situation considered in this work is more complicated because the main source for the blade damping is the effect of the aerodynamic forces (as it happens in a blisk for a family of blade dominated modes with very similar frequencies). In this case the damping is clearly defined for the tuned traveling waves but not for each blade. The problem is analyzed using the Asymptotic Mistuning Model methodology. A reduced order model is derived that allows us to understand the action mechanism of the intentional mistuning, and gives a simple expression for the estimation of its beneficial effect. The results from the reduced model are compared with those from a finite element model of a more realistic rotor under different forcing conditions.

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