This paper explores the use of laser vibrometry for vibration measurement directly from a rotating component. The presence of a surface velocity component due to the rotation itself is shown to create a strong measurement dependency on vibration perpendicular to the intended measurement direction. Particular ambiguity results at synchronous frequencies. A mathematical means to resolve the genuine vibration components from two simultaneous laser vibrometer measurements is presented and shown to be effective in the study of nonsynchronous rotor vibrations.

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