Friction dampers are one of the most common structures used to alleviate excessive vibration amplitudes in turbomachinery applications. There are very well-known types of contact elements exploited efficiently, such as underplatform dampers. However, different design approach is sometimes needed to maximize the effectiveness further. In this paper, computational forced response prediction of bladed disks with a configuration of the secondary structure commonly used by Baker Hughes design, the so-called mid-span dampers, is presented. Mid-span dampers are metal devices positioned at the middle section of the airfoil span and come into contact with the blade by the centrifugal force acting during rotation. Proposed damping mechanism is applied to a realistic steam turbine bladed disk under cyclic symmetric boundary conditions. Friction contact is modeled through a large number of contact nodes between the blade and the damper by using a 2D friction contact element with variable normal load. Harmonic Balance Method and Alternating Frequency/Time approach are utilized to obtain nonlinear algebraic equations in frequency domain and nonlinear forced response is computed by using Newton-Raphson method. The results obtained by numerical simulations show that mid-span dampers are an efficient configuration type of a damping mechanism to be used in the design of the bladed disks for nonlinear vibration analysis.

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