Dynamic Characteristics of the Coupled System of the High Pressure Rotor and the Radial Driveshaft of a Turbofan Engine
In a turbofan engine, the high pressure rotor and the radial driveshaft, which transmit the power from the internal gear-box to the external gear-box, are geared by a spiral bevel gear pair. In this paper, a reasonably simplified dynamic model of the coupled rotors system is established, and then, the coupled stiffness matrix and coupled damping matrix of the spiral bevel gear pair are deduced. A shaft element method is proposed to investigate the lateral-torsional coupled vibration equations of the gear-rotor system. Furthermore, the mode shapes and unbalance responses of this two rotors coupled system are simulated. The results indicate that the system derives many new modes and the exciting forces on a rotor of the system would be passed to the other rotor for the gears meshing. When the rotor dynamics of a turbofan engine is being analyzed, the high pressure rotor and the radial drive shaft must be viewed as a whole. The dynamic balance precision of the rotors should be qualified properly, in order to improve the dynamic quality of the turbofan engine.
Z.Y. Shen, M.N. James, W.D. Li, and Y.X. Zhao
Y. S. Fan et al., "Dynamic Characteristics of the Coupled System of the High Pressure Rotor and the Radial Driveshaft of a Turbofan Engine", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 44-46, pp. 127-134, 2008