In this paper, the natural frequencies of pre-twisted cantilever blades of various angles of twist having different airfoil cross sections in the NACA 6 series have been determined. The main objectives of this paper are to replicate the results previously published for the similar types of blades but with the assumption of a uniform rectangular cross-section and to compare it with the results obtained for blades with more refined airfoil cross-sections. Cantilevered type clamped-free boundary conditions have been used in this paper for all blades.
The comparison of the natural frequencies among different airfoils of the same NACA series has also been described in the paper in order to find out if any parameter of the airfoil such as camber, maximum thickness etc have any significant role in changing the frequencies of the beam. Commonly used commercial codes for finite element analysis have been used to determine these results.