In gas and steam turbine applications a common approach to prevent the blades from high cycle fatigue failures due to high vibration amplitudes is the usage of friction damping elements. Besides the intended amplitude reduction this procedure also features some possibly unwanted side effects like a shift in resonance frequencies due to stiffening effects caused by the contact. Thus, as an alternative an eddy current based noncontacting damping concept for the application in turbomachinery is investigated. In this paper two different types of eddy current dampers are considered. Theoretical models for both are established by applying electromagnetic-mechanical theory. The theoretical models are compared with forced response measurements that are performed at a stationary test rig.

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