For an investigation into the structural interaction between rotating and non-rotating rotationally periodic turbine components, it was required to be able to generate experimentally prescribed response conditions. In more descriptive terms, conditions were sought to excite wave-patterns such as travelling and standing waves, and to suppress certain modes. In the paper these conditions are derived from modal properties. Simulated data are presented to demonstrate some of the phenomena and to highlight the practical difficulties.

For rotationally periodic structures, most natural frequencies are of multiplicity two, and are sometimes called ‘double modes’. Their associated mode shapes can rotate in the plane of symmetry. The responses due to the two modes can be combined and expressed in a wave form, which can be split into travelling and standing wave components.

Theoretically, it is possible to excite a pure travelling wave in a perfectly rotationally periodic structure, but there are limits to this in practice as real structures will always exhibit some degree of imperfection. These structures are said to be mistuned, and the imperfection splits the double modes into pairs of close modes.

Simulations show the predicted vibration phenomena. In particular, the case of discrete excitations relevant to modal testing is investigated. The simulations show clearly that in this case components of other modes will generally be present.

In an experiment, the results for driving the excitations will not give the theoretically expected response due to non-linearities of the shaker-structure interaction. However, the effects can be reduced by employing a computerised search algorithm.

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