The effects of a nonconstant angular velocity upon the vibration of a rotating Euler beam are investigated. It is assumed that the angular velocity can be written as the sum of a steady-state value and a small periodic perturbation. The time-dependence of the angular velocity results in the appearance of terms in the equations of motion which cause the system to be nonautonomous. These terms result in the existence of regions of parametric instability within which the amplitude grows exponentially. A perturbation technique called the KBM method is used to derive approximate solutions and expressions for the boundaries between stable and unstable motion. A simple perturbation function is assumed to illustrate the use of the derived general equations.

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