Propagation of friction parameter uncertainties in the nonlinear dynamic response of turbine blades with underplatform dampers

Jie Yuan, Alfredo Fantetti, Enora Denimal, Shubham Bhatnagar, Luca Pesaresi, Christoph Schwingshackl, Loic Salles

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Underplatform dampers are widely used in turbomachinery to mitigate structural vibrations by means of friction dissipation at the interfaces. The modelling of such friction dissipation is challenging because of the high variability observed in experimental measurements of contact parameters. Although this variability is not commonly accounted for in state-of-the-art numerical solvers, probabilistic approaches can be implemented to include it in dynamics simulations in order to significantly improve the estimation of the damper performance. The aim of this work is to obtain uncertainty bands in the dynamic response of turbine blades equipped with dampers by including the variability observed in interfacial contact parameters. This variability is experimentally quantified from a friction rig and used to generate uncertainty bands by combining a deterministic state-of-the-art numerical solver with stochastic Polynomial Chaos Expansion (PCE) models. The bands thus obtained are validated against experimental data from an underplatform damper test rig. In addition, the PCEs are also employed to perform a variance-based global sensitivity analysis to quantify the influence of contact parameters on the variation in the nonlinear dynamic response via Sobol indices. The analysis highlights that the influence of each contact parameter in vibration amplitude strongly varies over the frequency range, and that Sobol indices can be effectively used to analyse uncertainties associated to structures with friction interfaces providing valuable insights into the physics of such complex nonlinear systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107673
JournalMechanical Systems and Signal Processing
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Friction and contact
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Polynomial chaos expansion
  • Sobol indices
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Underplatform dampers


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