Rotor isolation for vibration and noise reduction

Timothy A. Brungart, Eric T. Riggs

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A technique for reducing the vibration and noise from marine propulsors is examined theoretically and demonstrated experimentally. A single layer of elastomer is incorporated into a rotor to form a rotating vibration isolation mount. The mount isolates the rotor hub and shaft from the unsteady forces generated on the blades due to their interaction with circumferentially non-uniform, time-averaged inflow and turbulence. This results in reduced vibration and noise. Nonrotating isolated rotor transmissibility is well predicted with a simple lumped parameter rotor model for frequencies below the first bending mode of the blades. Tests performed under operational (i.e., rotating) conditions have shown that rotor isolation provides a reduction of up to 15 dB in transmissibility compared to an identical rotor without isolation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-411
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vibration and Acoustics, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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