Validation of computer-generated results with experimental data obtained for torsional vibration of synchronous motor-driven turbomachinery
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Torsional vibration is an oscillatory angular twisting motion in the rotating members of a system. It can be deemed quite dangerous in that it cannot be detected as easily as other forms of vibration, and hence, subsequent failures that it leads to are often abrupt and may cause direct breakage of the shafts of the drive train. The need for sufficient analysis during the design stage of a rotating machine is, thus, well justified in order to avoid expensive modifications during later stages of the manufacturing process. In 1998, a project was initiated by the Turbomachinery Research Consortium (TRC) at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, to develop a suite of computer codes to model torsional vibration of large drive trains. The author had the privilege of developing some modules in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA-Excel) for this suite of torsional vibration analysis codes, now collectively called XLTRC-Torsion. This treatise parleys the theory behind torsional vibration analysis using both the Transfer Matrix approach and the Finite Element approach, and in particular, validates the results generated by XLTRC-Torsion based on those approaches using experimental data available from tests on a 66,000 HP Air Compressor.
Ganatra, Nirmal Kirtikumar (2005). Validation of computer-generated results with experimental data obtained for torsional vibration of synchronous motor-driven turbomachinery. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from