Torsional vibration of multi-step non-uniform rods with various concentrated elements

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-651
Journal / PublicationJournal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2003


An analytical approach and exact solutions for the torsional vibration of a multi-step non-uniform rod carrying an arbitrary number of concentrated elements such as rigid disks and with classical or non-classical boundary conditions is presented. The exact solutions for the free torsional vibration of nonuniforms rods whose variations of cross-section are described by exponential functions and power functions are obtained. Then, the exact solutions for more general cases, non-uniform rods with arbitrary cross-section, are derived for the first time. In order to simplify the analysis for the title problem, the fundamental solutions and recurrence formulas are developed. The advantage of the proposed method is that the resulting frequency equation for torsional vibration of multi-step non-uniform rods with arbitrary number of concentrated elements can be conveniently determined from a homogeneous algebraic equation. As a consequence, the computational time required by the proposed method can be reduced significantly as compared with previously developed analytical procedures. A numerical example shows that the results obtained from the proposed method are in good agreement with those determined from the finite element method (FEM), but the proposed method takes less computational time than FEM, illustrating the present methods are efficient, convenient and accurate.