Two Jeffcott-Based Modal Simulation Models for Flexible Rotating Equipment Academic Article uri icon


  • Numerical results are presented for two basic models for the SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) turbopumps. The results presented demonstrate that either of the basic formulations is a computationally efficient simulation approach for a flexible rotor, which is to be modeled by a large number of rigid bodies. They also demonstrate that the models can readily account for an arbitrary number of bearings having nonlinear or speed-dependent characteristics, and for the motion of the bearing support structure. The results presented demonstrate that the rotor-fixed formulation generally requires less computer time than does the conventional formulation. Moreover, the modal coordinate solutions in the rotor-fixed formulation provide a significantly clearer picture of potential flexible-rotor-instability problems.

author list (cited authors)

  • Childs, D. W.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • August 1975