Experience has shown that energy dissipation due to rubbing at interfaces of engine blade shrouds provides damping of bladed disk assemblies. An accurate estimate of such damping has been a subject of study for more that a decade. The most difficult parameter that influences its accurate calculation pertains to an appropriate definition of the laws of friction that relate the rubbing motion with the forces induced. This paper develops an analysis that leads to a mathematical relationship between the forces of friction damping at a vibrating interface and the corresponding relative motion. The analysis permits calculation of forces at the interface if the displacements are known or vice. The equations are cast in terms of relative motion between mating shrouds so that degenerate cases of fully locked and freely slipping can be calculated. Examples are given showing simulation results obtained using discrete structural models. Extension of the analysis to the case of a full assembly is discussed.

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