Abstract

Thermal effects on the natural frequency for the nonlinear free vibration of rotating disks are investigated for non-uniform temperature distributions relative to the laminar and turbulent airflow induced by disk rotation. The natural frequencies for symmetric and asymmetric responses of a 3.5 inch diameter computer memory disk are calculated. When the disk is heated, its stiffness becomes larger for the two lowest nodal diameter numbers and smaller for the other nodal diameter numbers. It implies that the vibration of heated, rotating disks for the higher nodal diameter numbers may be induced more easily than the cooled one.

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