Energy Expressions and Free Vibration Analysis of a Rotating Uniform Timoshenko Beam Featuring Bending-torsion Coupling

Kaya M. O., OZGUMUS O. O.

JOURNAL OF VIBRATION AND CONTROL, vol.16, no.6, pp.915-934, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1077546309104876
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.915-934
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study; free vibration analysis of a uniform, rotating, cantilever Timoshenko beam featuring coupling between flapwise bending and torsional vibrations is performed. At the beginning of the study, kinetic and potential energy expressions of a rotating Timoshenko beam having single cross-sectional symmetry are derived by using several explanatory tables and figures. In the following section, Hamilton's principle is applied to the derived energy expressions to obtain the governing differential equations of motion. The parameters for the hub radius, rotational speed, rotary inertia, shear deformation, slenderness ratio and bending-torsion coupling are incorporated into the equations of motion. In the solution part, an efficient mathematical technique, called the differential transform method, is used to solve the governing differential equations of motion. Using the computer package Mathematica, the mode shapes are plotted and the effects of the incorporated parameters on the natural frequencies are investigated. The calculated results are tabulated in several tables and plotted in several graphs. In order to validate the calculated results, the beam is also modeled in the finite-element program ABAQUS. Moreover, two illustrative examples, chosen from open literature, are solved for further validation. Consequently, it is observed that there is a good agreement between the results.