Date of Award

Fall 2003

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. Habib Eslami

Committee Member

Dr. Yi Zhao

Committee Member

Dr. Siva Seenith


The vibration of blades in gas turbine engines has become an important issue during the last decade because of its significant impact on high cycle fatigue failure due to resonant vibrations. The main objective of this thesis is the vibration analysis of compressor/fan blade using three-dimensional finite element analysis together with various analytical approaches. First, the analytical solutions were established using various analytical methods, Bernoulli-Euler, Rayleigh, Rayleigh-Ritz, two-dimensional plate, and Timoshenko beam methods. Then, the vibration behaviors of the blade are analyzed in full extent using commercially available finite element solver, MSC.NASTRAN, and correlated with the analytical solutions. The finite element analysis was performed in three different models, straight plate, tapered solid, and blade models. Finally, the recommendations are made for more accurate finite element modeling and analysis procedures.