A novel hybrid Neumann expansion method for stochastic analysis of mistuned bladed discs

Jie Yuan, Giuliano Allegri, Fabrizio Scarpa, Sophoclis Patsias, Ramesh Rajasekaran

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The paper presents a novel hybrid method to enhance the computational efficiency of matrix inversions during the stochastic analysis of mistuned bladed disc systems. The method is based on the use of stochastic Neumann expansion in the frequency domain, coupled with a matrix factorization in the neighbourhood of the resonant frequencies. The number of the expansion terms is used as an indicator to select the matrix inversion technique to be used, without introducing any additional computational cost. The proposed method is validated using two case studies, where the dynamics an aero-engine bladed disc is modelled first using a lumped parameter approach and then with high-fidelity finite element analysis. The frequency responses of the blades are evaluated according to different mistuning patterns via stiffness or mass perturbations under the excitation provided by the engine orders. Results from standard matrix factorization methods are used to benchmark the responses obtained from the proposed hybrid method. Unlike classic Neumann expansion methods, the new technique can effectively update the inversion of an uncertain matrix with no convergence problems during Monte Carlo simulations. The novel hybrid method is more computationally efficient than standard techniques, with no accuracy loss.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-253
Number of pages13
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Early online date22 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


  • mistuned bladed disc
  • stochastic analysis
  • Neumann expansion

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