This paper focusses on predicting the mistuned forced response behavior of an embedded compressor rotor blade row in a 3.5 stage axial compressor. The authors in previous papers studied the multi-row influence on the forcing function for multiple operating conditions. For these investigations CFX was utilized to predict the forcing However, in the mistuned predictions a consistent underprediction of the amplification factor was noted A previous investigation by the authors [32] considered an isolated mode family. The current work considers the same configuration but looks at a non-isolated mode family which is in a frequency “veering” region. Also, since the mistuning code was formulated on the lines of the fundamental mistuning model (FMM) the model only included a single DOF per ND and hence modes in the veering region were not modeled. The current paper addresses both these shortcomings and talks about the influence of sideband travelling wave excitations at the HL operating condition (the details of the mistuned predictions at the PE operating condition can be found in [32]). The paper also talks in detail about the effect of modelling the disc modes individually using the FMM model as well as together using the component mistuning model (CMM) as present in ANSYS Mechanical. Key conclusions are: 1) The mistuned response tends to be amplified by all cases including the sideband excitations, 2) The coupled influence of including a disc mode in the FMM model and sideband excitations is dependent on the proximity of the mode to the blade alone frequency, 3) Although the CMM model predicts the peak of the response accurately, it does not offer any substantial advantage over the FMM model given the computational cost required for the CMM prediction. Also, the prediction is highly sensitive to the frequency of the individual modes that can differ between codes.

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