A Modal Transient Rotordynamic Model for Dual-Rotor Jet Engine Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • A transient modal simulation model is developed for a typical two-spool jet engine configuration, consisting of a low-speed rotor, a high-speed rotor, and the supporting case structure. The formulation cited permits bearing connections from a rotor to the support structure and between rotors. A conventional Jeffcott-Green flexible rotor formulation is used to model each rotor as a collection of rigid bodies connected by a massless elastic structure. The case structure is similarly modeled as a collection of axisym-metric elastically connected rigid bodies. The transient modal simulation model development is based on eigendata for the complete structural dynamics model (elastically coupled rotors and case structure) at zero running speed. The completed model readily accounts for gyroscopic effects, bearing damping and nonlinearities, structural modal damping, concentrated damping due to oil-film dampers, etc. The applicability and utility of the model is demonstrated by the simulation of a turbine-wheel blade loss. © 1976 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Childs, D. W.

citation count

  • 16

publication date

  • August 1976