An energy method is used to investigate a flutter instability of turbojet engine rotors which is caused by the interactions between unsteady air loading and the coupled vibration modes of the rotating blade-disk-shroud system. It is shown, analytically, in this parametric study that under certain circumstances the coupling between blade modes permits the transfer of energy from the air to the blade-disk-shroud system, giving rise to a self-excited instability. Both unsteady potential flow theory and empirical data for oscillating airfoils at high incidence are used.

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