A simple finite element for the dynamic analysis of rotating composite beams

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Virginia Tech


An attempt is made to understand the phenomenon of aeroelasticity as applied to the helicopter rotors, specifically laminated composite rotor blades. Realizing the immense complexity of the problem, a beginning has been made by developing a structural model for a rotating composite beam. Present work has three objectives; 1) To carry out an extensive survey of research related to the aeroelastic analysis of rotor blades, 2) To expand an existing finite element model by introducing new degrees of freedom and validate the changes, 3) and, finally using this model to carry out a linear static and dynamic analysis for a rotating composite beam. It was found that the rotation and fiber orientations have a pronounced effect on the static deflections and the natural frequencies of vibration of the laminated beam.