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*versão On-line* ISSN 1679-7825

### Lat. Am. j. solids struct. vol.7 no.2 Rio de Janeiro 2010

#### http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1679-78252010000200002

**Free vibration analysis of an embarked rotating composite shaft using the hp-version of the FEM**

**Abdelkrim Boukhalfa ^{*}; Abdelhamid Hadjoui**

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Sciences Engineering, Abou Bakr Belkaid University, Tlemcen, 13000 - Algeria

**ABSTRACT**

This paper presents the study of the vibratory behavior of rotating composite shafts. The composite shaft contains isotropic rigid disks and is supported by bearings that are modeled as springs and viscous dampers. An hp-version of the Finite Element Method (FEM) is used to model the structure. A hierarchical finite element of beam type with six degrees of freedom per node is developed. The assembly is made by the standard version of the finite element method for several elements. A theoretical study allows the establishment of the kinetic energy and the strain energy of the system (shaft, disk and bearings) necessary to the result of the equations of motion. In this study the transverse shear deformation, rotary inertia and gyroscopic effects, as well as the coupling effect due to the lamination of composite layers have been incorporated. A program is elaborate for the calculation of the eigen-frequencies and critical speeds of the system. The results obtained compared with those available in the literature show the speed of convergence, the exactitude and the effectiveness of the method used. Several examples are treated, and a discussion is established to determine the influence of the various parameters and boundary conditions.

**Keywords:** rotating shaft, disk, composite materials, gyroscopic effect, hp-version, hierarchical finite element method, FEM.

**1 INTRODUCTION**

The application of composite shafts has come a long way from early low speed automotive driveshafts to helicopter tail rotors operating above the second critical speed. With operation at supercritical speeds, a substantial amount of payoffs and net system weight reductions are possible. At the same time, the rotordynamic aspects assume more importance, and detailed analysis is required. There are some technological problems associated with implementation, such as joints with bearings, affixing of lumped masses, couplings, provision of external damping etc. The solutions proposed are just adequate, but require substantial refinements, which might explain some of the differing experiences of various authors.

Zinberg and Symmonds [27] described a boron/epoxy composite tail rotor driveshaft for a helicopter. The critical speeds were determined using equivalent modulus beam theory (EMBT), assuming the shaft to be a thin walled circular tube simply supported at the ends. Shear deformation was not taken into account. The shaft critical speed was determined by extrapolation of the unbalance response curve which was obtained in the sub-critical region.

Dos Reis et al. [12] published analytical investigations on thin-walled layered composite cylindrical tubes. In part III of the series of publications, the beam element was extended to formulate the problem of a rotor supported on general eight coefficient bearings. Results were obtained for shaft configuration of Zinberg and Symmonds. The authors have shown that bending-stretching coupling and shear-normal coupling effects change with stacking sequence, and alter the frequency values. Gupta and Singh [13] studied the effect of shear-normal coupling on rotor natural frequencies and modal damping. Kim and Bert [15] have formulated the problem of determination of critical speeds of a composite shaft including the effects of bending-twisting coupling. The shaft was modeled as a Bresse-Timoshenko beam. The shaft gyroscopics have also been included. The results compare well with Zinberg's rotor [27]. In another study, Bert and Kim [4] have analysed the dynamic instability of a composite drive shaft subjected to fluctuating torque and/or rotational speed by using various thin shell theories. The rotational effects include centrifugal and Coriolis forces. Dynamic instability regions for a long span simply supported shaft are presented.

M-Y. Chang et al [8] published the vibration behaviours of the rotating composite shafts. In the model the transverse shear deformation, rotary inertia and gyroscopic effects, as well as the coupling effect due to the lamination of composite layers have been incorporated. The model based on a first order shear deformable beam theory (continuum-based Timoshenko beam theory). M-Y. Chang et al [7] published the vibration analysis of rotating composite shafts containing randomly oriented reinforcements. The Mori-Tanaka mean-field theory is adopted here to account for the interaction at the finite concentrations of reinforcements in the composite material.

Additional recent work on composite shafts dealing with both the theoretical and experimental aspects was reported by Singh [19], Gupta and Singh [13] and Singh and Gupta [20]. Rotordynamic formulation based on equivalent modulus beam theory was developed for a composite rotor with a number of lumped masses, and supported on general eight coefficient bearings. A layerwise beam theory was derived by Singh and Gupta [13] from an available shell theory, with a layerwise displacement field, and was then extended to solve a general composite rotordynamic problem. The conventional rotor dynamic parameters as well as critical speeds, natural frequencies, damping factors, unbalance response and threshold of stability were analyzed in detail and results from the formulations based on the two theories, namely, the equivalent modulus beam theory (EMBT) and layerwise beam theory (LBT) were compared [20]. The experimental rotordynamic studies carried by Singh and Gupta [18, 22] were conducted on two filament wound carbon/epoxy shafts with constant winding angles (±45^{o }and ±60^{o}). Progressive balancing had to be carried out to enable the shaft to traverse through the first critical speed. Inspire of the very different shaft configurations used, the authors have shown that bending-stretching coupling and shear-normal coupling effects change with stacking sequence, and alter the frequency values.

Some practical aspects such as effect of shaft disc angular misalignment, interaction between shaft bow, which is common in composite shafts and rotor unbalance, and an unsuccessful operation of a composite rotor with an external damper were discussed and reported by Singh and Gupta [18]. The Bode and cascade plots were generated and orbital analysis at various operating speeds was performed. The experimental critical speeds showed good correlation with the theoretical prediction. Other types of complicated effects are treated such as the delamination phenomenon. H.L. Wettergren in his paper [25] studied this effect in composite rotors using the standard version of the finite element method.

This paper deals with the p-version, hierarchical finite element method applied to free vibration analysis of rotating composite shafts. The hierarchical concept for finite element shape functions has been investigated during the past 25 years. BabuEka et al. [1] established a theoretical basis for p-elements, where the mesh keeps unchanged and the polynomial degree of the shape functions is increased; however, in the standard h-version of the finite element method the mesh is refined to achieve convergence and the polynomial degree of the shape functions remains unchanged. Since then, standard forms of the hierarchical shape functions have been represented in the literature elsewhere; see for instance [23, 24].

Meirovitch and Baruh [16] and Zhu [26] have shown that the hierarchical finite element method yields a better accuracy than the h-version for eigen-values problems. The hierarchical shape functions used by Bardell [2] are based on integrated Legendre orthogonal polynomials; the symbolic computing is used to calculate the mass and stiffness matrices of beams and plates. Cot´e and Charron [11] give the selection of p-version shape functions for plate vibration analysis.

In the presented composite shaft model, the Timoshenko theory will be adopted. The purpose of this present work is to study dynamic characteristics such as natural frequencies, whirling frequencies and the critical speeds of the rotating composite shaft. In the model the transverse shear deformation, rotary inertia and gyroscopic effects, as well as the coupling effect due to the lamination of composite layers have been incorporated. To determine the rotating shaft system's responses, the hp-version of the finite element method (combination between the conventional version of the finite element method (h-version and the hierarchical finite element method (p-version ) with trigonometric shape functions [6, 14]) is used here to approximate the governing equations by a system of ordinary differential equations.

**2 EQUATIONS OF MOTION**

**2.1 Kinetic and strain energy expressions of the shaft**

The shaft is modeled as a Timoshenko beam, that is, first-order shear deformation theory with rotary inertia and gyroscopic effect is used. The shaft rotates at constant speed about its longitudinal axis. Due to the presence of fibers oriented than axially or circumferentially, coupling is made between bending and twisting. The shaft has a uniform, circular cross section.

The following displacement field of a rotating shaft (one beam element) is assumed by choosing the coordinate axis x to coincide with the shaft axis:

Where U, V and W are the flexural displacements of any point on the cross-section of the shaft in the x, y and z directions respectively, the variables U0, V0 and W0 are the flexural displacements of the shaft's axis, while βx and βy are the rotation angles of the cross-section, about the y and z axis respectively. The ϕ is the angular displacement of the cross-section due to the torsion deformation of the shaft (see figure 1).

The various components of strain energy of the shaft are presented as follow (one beam element) [6]:

Where Aij and Bij are given in Appendix.

The kinetic energy of the rotating composite shaft (one beam element) [6], including the effects of translatory and rotary inertia, can be written as

where Ω is the rotating speed of the shaft which is assumed constant, L is the length of the shaft, the 2ΩIpβxβy term accounts for the gyroscopic effect, and I_{d} () represent

xy the rotary inertia effect. The mass moments of inertia Im, the diametrical mass moments of inertia Id and polar mass moment of inertia Ip of rotating shaft per unit length are defined in the appendix. As the Ω^{2}I_{d} () term is far smaller than Ω^{2}I_{p}, it will be neglected in further analysis.

**2.2 Kinetic energy of the disk**

The disk fixed to the composite shaft (see figure 2) is assumed rigid and made of isotropic material. According to Equation (3) the kinetic energy of the disk can be expressed as

where Im, Id and Ip are the mass, the diametrical mass moment of inertia and the polar mass moment of inertia of the disk. As the Ω^{2}() term is far smaller than Ω^{2}, it will be neglected in further analysis.

**2.3 Virtual work of the bearings**

The bearings are characterized by values of stiffness and viscous damping following the y and z directions and the cross terms (see Figures 3 and 4). The stiffness and damping effects of the bearings are modeled using springs and viscous dampers.

The virtual work δA done by these external forces can be written as

Where F_{V0 }and F_{w0 }are the generalized forces expressed by:

**2.4 Hierarchical beam element formulation**

The spinning flexible beam is descretised by hierarchical beam elements. Each element with two nodes 1 and 2 is shown in Figure 5. The element's nodal d.o.f. at each node are U_{0} ,V_{0} ,W_{0} ,β_{x} ,β_{y }and ϕ. The local and non-dimensional co-ordinates are related by

The vector displacement formed by the variables U_{0} ,V_{0} ,W_{0} ,β_{x} ,β_{y} and ϕ can be written as

where [N] is the matrix of the shape functions, given by

where pU ,pV ,pW ,pβ_{x },pβ_{y }and pϕ are the numbers of hierarchical terms of displacements (are the numbers of shape functions of displacements). In this work, pU = pV = pW = pβ_{x }= pβ_{y }=pϕ =p.

The vector of generalized coordinates given by

where

The group of the shape functions used in this study is given by

The functions (f_{1}, f_{2}) are those of the finite element method necessary to describe the nodal displacements of the element; whereas the trigonometric functions f_{r+2} contribute only to the internal field of displacement and do not affect nodal displacements. The most attractive particularity of the trigonometric functions is that they offer great numerical stability. The shaft is modeled by elements called hierarchical finite elements with p shape functions for each element. The assembly of these elements is done by the h-version of the finite element method.

After modelling the rotating composite shaft using the hp-version of the finite element method and applying the Euler-Lagrange equations, the motion's equations of free vibration of spinning flexible shaft can be obtained.

[M] and [K] are the mass and stiffness matrix respectively, [G] is the gyroscopic matrix and [C_{p}] is the damping matrix of the bearing (the different matrices of the equation (13) are given in the appendix).

**3 RESULTS**

A program based on the formulation proposed to resolve the resolution of the equation (13).

**3.1 Convergence**

First, the mechanical properties of boron-epoxy are listed in Table 1, and the geometric parameters are L =2.47 m, D =12.69 cm, e = 1.321 mm, 10 layers of equal thickness (90^{o }, 45^{o},-45^{o},0^{o }6, 90^{o}). The shear correction factor ks =0.503 and the rotating speed Ω =0. In this example, the boron-epoxy rotating shaft is modeled by one element of length L, then by two elements of equal length L/2.

The results of the five bending modes for various boundary conditions of the composite shaft as a function of the number of hierarchical terms p are shown in Figures 6, 7 and 8. Figures clearly show that rapid convergence from above to the exact values occurs when the number of hierarchical terms increased.

The bending modes are the same for a number of hierarchical finite elements, equal 1 then

2. This shows the exactitude of the method even with one element and a reduced number of the shape functions. It is noticeable in the case of low frequencies, a very small p is needed (p=4 sufficient), whereas in the case of the high frequencies, and in order to have a good convergence, p should be increased.

**3.2 Validation**

In the following example, the critical speeds of composite shaft are analyzed and compared with those available in the literature to verify the present model. In this example, the composite hollow shafts made of boron-epoxy laminae, which are considered by Bert and Kim [5], are investigated. The properties of material are listed in Table 1. The shaft has a total length of 2.47 m. The mean diameter D and the wall thickness of the shaft are 12.69 cm and 1.321 mm respectively. The lay-up is [90^{o}/45^{o}/-45^{o}/0^{o }_{6}/90^{o}] starting from the inside surface of the hollow shaft. A shear correction factor of 0.503 is also used. The shaft is modeled by one element. The shaft is simply-supported at the ends. In this validation, p =10.

The result obtained using the present model is shown in Table 2 together with those of referenced papers. As can be seen from the table our results are close to those predicted by other beam theories. Since in the studied example the wall of the shaft is relatively thin, models based on shell theories [15] are expected to yield more accurate results. In the present example, the critical speed measured from the experiment however is still underestimated by using the Sander shell theory while overestimated by the Donnell shallow shell theory. In this case, the result from the present model is compatible to that of the Continuum based Timoshenko beam theory of M-Y. Chang et al [8]. In this reference the supports are flexible but in our application the supports are rigid.

In our work, the shaft is modeled by one element with two nodes, but in the model of the reference [8] the shaft is modeled by 20 finite elements of equal length (h-version). The rapid convergence while taking one element and a reduced number of shape functions shows the advantage of the method used. One should stress here that the present model is not only applicable to the thin-walled composite shafts as studied above, but also to the thick-walled shafts as well as to the solid ones.

The first eigen-frequency of the boron-epoxy rotating shaft calculated by our program in the stationary case (the rotating speed is null) is 96.0594 Hz on rigid supports and 96.0575 on two elastic supports of stiffness 1740 GN/m. In the reference [9], they used the shell's theory for the same shaft studied in our case and on rigid supports; the frequency is 96 Hz. In this example, is not noticeable the difference between shaft bi-supported on rigid supports or elastic supports because the stiffness of the supports are very large.

**3.3 Results and interpretations**

In this study, the results obtained for various applications are presented. Convergence towards the exact solutions is studied by increasing the numbers of hierarchical shape functions for two elements. The influence of the mechanical and geometrical parameters and the boundary conditions on the eigen-frequencies and the critical speeds of the embarked rotating composite shafts are studied. In this study, p = 10

**3.3.1 Influence of the gyroscopic effect on the eigen-frequencies**

In the following example, the frequencies of a graphite-epoxy rotating shaft are analyzed. The mechanical properties of shaft are shown in Table 1, with k_{s} = 0.503. The ply angles in the various layers and the geometrical properties are the same as those in the first example. The Campbell diagram, for the first five pairs of bending whirling modes of the rotating composite shaft bi-simply supported (S-S) is shown in Figure 9. The intersection point of the line (Ω = ω) with the bending frequency curves, indicate the speed at which the shaft will vibrate violently (i.e., the critical speed Ω_{cr}). The first 10 eigen-values correspond to 5 forward (F) and 5 backward (B) whirling bending modes of the shaft.

Figure 10 shows the variation of the bending fundamental frequency ω as a function of rotating speed Ω (Campbell diagram) for different boundary conditions. The gyroscopic effect inherent to rotating structures induces a precession motion. When the rotating speed increase, the forward modes (1F) increase, whereas the backward modes (1B) decrease.

The gyroscopic effect causes a coupling of orthogonal displacements to the axis of rotation, and by consequence separate the frequencies in two branches: backward precession mode and forward precession mode. In all cases, the forward modes increase with increasing rotating speed however the backward modes decrease.

**3.3.2 Influence of the boundary conditions on the eigen-frequencies**

In the following example, the boron-epoxy shaft is modeled by two elements of equal length L/2. The frequencies of the rotating shaft are analyzed. The mechanical properties of shaft are shown in table 1, with k_{s} = 0.503. The ply angles in the various layers and the geometrical properties are the same as those in the preceding example. Figure 11 shows the variation of the bending fundamental frequency ω according to the rotating speeds Ω (diagram of Campbell) for various boundary conditions. Table 3 gives the first critical speed (rpm) of the rotating shaft analyzed for various boundary conditions. According to these found results, it is noticed that, the boundary conditions have a very significant influence on the eigen-frequencies and the critical speeds of a rotating composite shaft. For example, by adding a support to the mid-span of the rotating shaft, the rigidity of the shaft increases which implies the increase in the eigen-frequencies and the critical speeds.

**3.3.3 Influence of the lamination angle on the eigen-frequencies**

By considering the same preceding example, the lamination angles have been varied in order to see their influences on the eigen-frequencies of the rotating composite shaft. Figure 12 shows the variation of the bending fundamental frequency ω according to the rotating speeds Ω (Campbell diagram) for various ply angles. According to these results, the bending frequencies and the critical speeds of the composite shaft decrease when the ply angle increases and vice versa.

**3.3.4 Influence of the ratios L/D, e/D and η on the critical speeds and rigidity**

In figure 13, the first critical speeds of the graphite-epoxy composite shaft (the properties are listed in Table 1, with ks =0.503) are plotted according to the lamination angle for various ratios L/D and various boundary conditions (S-S, C-C). From figure 13, the first critical speed of shaft bi-simply supported (S-S) has the maximum value at η =0^{o }for a ratio L/D = 10, 15 and 20, and at η = 15^{o }for a ratio L/D = 5. For the case of a shaft bi-clamped (C-C), the maximum critical speed is at η =0^{o }for a ratio L/D = 20 and at η = 15^{o }for a ratio L/D = 10 and 15, and at η = 30^{o }for a ratio L/D = 5. In figure 14, the second critical speeds of the same graphite-epoxy composite shaft are plotted according to the lamination angle for various ratios L/D and various boundary conditions (S-S, C-C). From figure 14, the second critical speed for a shaft bi-simply supported has the maximum value at η =0^{o }for a ratio L/D = 15 and 20, at η = 15^{o }for a ratio L/D = 10 and at η = 30^{o }for a ratio L/D = 5. For the case of a shaft bi-clamped, the maximum critical speed is at η = 15^{o }for a ratio L/D = 15 and 20, and at η = 30^{o }for a ratio L/D = 5 and 10.

Above results can be explained as follows. The bending rigidity reaches maximum at η =0^{o }and reduces when the lamination angle increases; in addition, the shear rigidity reaches maximum at η = 30^{o }and minimum with η = and η = 90^{o }. A situation in which the 0^{o }bending rigidity effect predominates causes the maximum to be η =0^{o }. However, as described by Singh ad Gupta [21], the maximum value shifts toward a higher lamination angle when the shear rigidity effect increases. Therefore, while comparing the phenomena of figure 13 and 14, the constraint from boundary conditions would raise the rigidity effect. A similar is observed for short shafts.

In figures 15, 16, 17 and 18, the first and second critical speeds according to ratio L/D of the same graphite-epoxy shaft bi-simply supported (S-S) and the same graphite-epoxy shaft bi-clamped (C-C) for various lamination angles. It is noticeable, if ratio L/D increases, the critical speed decreases and vice versa. Figures 19 and 20 plots the variation of first and second critical speeds successively of the same graphite-epoxy composite shaft with ratio L/D = 20 according to the lamination angle for various e/D ratios and various boundary conditions. It is noticed the influence of the e/D ratio on the critical speed is almost negligible; the curves are almost identical for the various e/D ratios of each boundary condition. In figures 21, 22, 23 and 24, the same remark is observed; in spite of the variation of the ratio e/D, the critical speed is slightly increased. This is due to the deformation of the cross section is negligible, and thus the critical speed of the thin-walled shaft would approximately independent of thickness ratio e/D.

According to above results, while predicting which stacking sequence of the rotating composite shaft having the maximum critical speed, we should consider L/D ratio and the type of the boundary conditions. I.e., the maximum critical speed of a rotating composite shaft is not forever at ply angle equalizes zero degree, but it depends on the L/D ratio and the type the boundary conditions.

Figures 25 and 26 plots the variation of first and second critical speeds successively of the same graphite-epoxy composite shaft with various ply angles, and a rotating steel shaft (E = 207 GPa, G = 79.6 GPa, ν = 0.3, ρ = 7680 kg/m^{3 }) [10] according to ratio L/D and various boundary conditions. It is noted, if ratio L/D increases the critical speed decreases and vice versa. The curves of the steel shaft are located between the curves of the composite shafts of lamination angle 30^{o }and 60^{o }. For example, in the case of a shaft bi-simply supported (S-S), the same first or second critical speed for a composite shaft with a lamination angle η = 30^{o}, a steel shaft is needed for a length lower than that of the composite shaft. The steel shaft bi-clamped (C-C) has the highest first critical speed when LID is less than 7.5. The case where L/D between 7.5 and 20, the first critical speed with η =30^{o }is largest that the others. In figures 27 and 28, in spite of the change of the e/D ratio, the critical speed is slightly increased. This is due to the deformation of the cross section is negligible, and thus the critical speed of the thin-walled shaft would approximately independent of thickness ratio e/D. The critical speeds of steel shaft are between those of the composite shaft which have successively the lamination angles 30^{o }and 60^{o }.

**3.3.5 Influence of the stacking sequence on the eigen-frequencies**

In order to show the effects of the stacking sequence on the eigen-frequencies, a rotating carbon-epoxy shaft is mounted on two rigid supports; the mechanical and geometrical properties of this shaft are [22]:

*E*_{11 }= 130 GPa, *E*_{22 }= 10 GPa, *G*_{12 }= *G*_{23 }= 7 GPa, *ν*_{12 }= 0.25, *ρ *= 1500 Kg/m^{3}_{ }*L *=1.0 m, *D *= 0.1 m, *e *= 4 mm, 4 layers of equal thickness, *k _{s }*= 0.503

A four-layered scheme was considered with two layers of 0^{o }and two of 90^{o }fibre angle. The flexural frequencies have been obtained for different combinations (both symmetric and unsymmetric) of 0^{o }and 90^{o }orientations (see figures 29 and 30). These figures, respectively plots the Campbell diagram of the first and the second eigen-frequency of a rotating shaft for various stacking sequences. It can be observed from these figures that, for symmetric configurations, the frequency values of the rotating composite shaft are very close, and does have a slight dependence on the relative positioning of the 0^{o }and 90^{o }layers.

**3.3.6 Influence of the disk's position according to the rotating shaft on on the eigen-frequencies**

This part begins with a validation in the case of a stationary embarked shaft bi-simply supported (the rigid disk at the mid-span), the mechanical and geometrical properties of the shaft and the steel disk are as follows: E = 207 GPa, ν = 0.3, ρ = 7800 kg/m^{3}

• Shaft: Length = 457 mm, Interior ray = 12.7 mm, External ray = 17.7 mm.

• Disk: External ray = 88.5 mm; Thickness = 4.425 mm.

The first frequency of the system (shaft + disk) calculated by our program in the stationary case (the rotating speed is null) is 310 Hz on rigid support (with ks=0.56). In the reference [17] they used a thick three-dimensional cylindrical element by applying the theory 3D for the same shaft studied in our case but with a flexible disk, the found frequency is 288 Hz. In this application, is noticeable the difference between the two works because the various theories applied, and the flexibility of the disk.

By considering another example, the eigen-frequencies of a graphite-epoxy shaft system are analyzed. The material properties are those listed in table 1. The lamination scheme remains the same as example 1, while its geometric properties, the properties of a uniform rigid disk are listed in table 4. The disk is placed at the mid-span of the shaft. The shaft system is shown in figure 31. For the finite element analysis, the shaft is modeled into two elements of equal lengths. The first element is simply-supported -free (S-F) and the second element is free-simply-supported (F-S). The disk is placed at the free boundary (F).

The Campbell diagram containing the frequencies of the second pairs of bending whirling modes of the above composite system is shown in figure 32. Denote the ratio of the whirling bending frequency and the rotation speed of shaft as γ. The intersection point of the line (γ=1) with the whirling frequency curves indicate the speed at which the shaft will vibrate violently (i.e., the critical speed). In figure 32 the second pair of the forward and backward whirling frequencies falls more wide apart in contrast to other pairs of whirling modes. This might be due to the coupling of the pitching motion of the disk with the transverse vibration of shaft. Note that the disk is located at the mid-span of the shaft, while the second whirling forward and backward bending modes are skew-symmetric with respect to the mid-span of the shaft. The size of the curve of the first pairs of the bending frequencies is increased in order to view better (see figure 33). Figure 34 shows the Campbell diagram of the first two bending frequencies of the embarked graphite-epoxy shaft for various disk's positions (x) according to the shaft (see figure 31). It is noted that when the disk approaches the support, the first bending frequency decreases and the second bending frequency increases and vice versa.

**3.3.7 Influence of the geometrical form of the rotating shaft on the eigen-frequencies**

By considering the same preceding disk and varying the geometrical form of the graphite-epoxy shaft, the geometrical properties and the lamination scheme of the shaft (not staged and staged) are given by table 5. The properties of a uniform rigid disk are listed in table 4. The disk is placed at the free end of the shaft. Figure 35 shows the studied systems. For the finite element analysis, the shaft is modeled into two elements of equal lengths. The first element (Stage 1) is bi-simply supported (S-S) and the second element (Stage 2) is simply supported -free (S-F). The disk is placed at the free boundary (F). Figure 36 shows the Campbell diagram of the first two bending frequencies of the systems; embarked graphite-epoxy shaft for the various geometrical forms of the shaft (see figure 35).

It is noted that the eigen-frequencies in the case of a shaft not staged are lower than those of a staged shaft. Table 5 Geometrical properties of the rotating shafts.

**4 CONCLUSION**

The analysis of the free vibrations of the rotating composite shafts using the hp-version (hierarchical finite element method (p-version) with trigonometric shape functions combined with the standard finite element method (h-version)), is presented in this work. The results obtained agree with those available in the literature. Several examples were treated to determine the influence of the various geometrical and physical parameters of the embarked rotating shafts. This work enabled us to arrive at the following conclusions:

1. Monotonous and uniform convergence is checked by increasing the number of the shape functions p, and the number of the hierarchical finite elements. The convergence of the solutions is ensured by the element beam with two nodes. The results agree with the solutions found in the literature.

2. The gyroscopic effect causes a coupling of orthogonal displacements to the axis of rotation, and by consequence separates the frequencies in two branches, backward and forward precession modes. In all cases the forward modes increase with increasing rotating speed however the backward modes decrease. This effect has a significant influence on the behaviours of the rotating shafts.

3. The rotating composite shafts must cross several critical speeds in acceleration and deceleration.

4. The dynamic characteristics and in particular the eigen-frequencies, the critical speeds and the bending and shear rigidity of the rotating composite shafts are influenced appreciably by changing the ply angle, the stacking sequence, the length, the mean diameter, the materials, the rotating speed and the boundary conditions.

5. The critical speed of the thin-walled rotating composite shaft is approximately independent of the thickness ratio and mean diameter of the rotating shaft.

6. The critical speeds of the rotating steel shaft are between those of the rotating composite shafts which have successively the ply angle 30^{o }and 60^{o }.

7. The dynamic characteristics of the system (shaft + disk + support) are influenced appreciably by changing disk's positions according to the the shaft and the section of the shaft.

8. The determination of the dynamic characteristics of the embarked rotating composite shaft of variable sections with various disk's positions is ensured by our calculation program.

Prospects for future studies can be undertaken following this work: a study which takes into account damping interns in the case of a functionally graded material rotor with flexible disks, supported by supports with oil and subjected to disturbing forces like the air pockets or seisms, etc.

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Received 19 Oct 2009; In revised form 25 Feb 2010

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The terms *A _{ij }*,

*B*of the equation (2) and

_{ij }*I*,

_{m}*I*,

_{d}*I*of the equation (3) are given as follows:

_{p }Where *k *is the number of the layer, *R _{n}*-1 is the

*n*th layer inner radius of the composite shaft and

*R*it is the

_{n }*n*th layer outer of the composite shaft.

*L*is the length of the composite shaft and

*ρ*is the density of the

_{n }*n*th layer of the composite shaft.

The indices used in the matrix forms are as follows:

**a**: shaft; **D**: disk; **e**: element; **P**: bearing (support)

The various matrices of the equation (13) which assemble the elementary matrices of the system as follows:

**Shaft**

Where [] = , with (*i = U, V, W,β _{x},β_{y}, ϕ*).

**Disc**

**Bearings**

The elementary matrices of the system are:

The various matrices (globally matrices) which assemble the elementary matrices, according to the boundary conditions as follows:

The terms of the matrices are a function of the integrals: * _{ }*(

*ξ*)

*dξ*(

*m,n*) indicate the number of the shape functions used, and (

*α, β*) is the order of derivation.