Abstract

An exact Dynamic Finite Element (DFE) approach for the coupled Flap-Lag vibration of blades is presented. DFE can be considered as a combination of the Finite Element Method (FEM) and the Dynamic Stiffness Matrix (DSM) formulations. The weighted residual method is used and the weighting and shape functions are chosen referring to the appropriate closed form solution of the non-coupled member equations. Based on the DFE approach, the natural frequencies for a scaled propeller blade are calculated and they are compared to the experimental data and other existing results.

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