There are many problems facing the designers of turbomachines with the demand for ever increasing capabilities and reliability. One problem that requires considerable attention is the vibration characteristics of some components. It is object of this work to determine the dynamic behavior, namely natural frequencies, mode shapes of a centrifugal impeller which are being important design parameters in order to avoid costly failures in the development phase.

This work divides into three sections. First, a Finite Element structural dynamic analysis is presented. Then experimental procedure used to determine the natural frequencies and mode shapes is described together with the comparison of the results obtained both theoretically through FEM and experimentally.

Finally, interferometric holography technique is used as a means for obtaining the dynamic behavior of the impeller.

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