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Centrifugal force on rotating blades

  1. Oct 21, 2008 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I've got a set of airfoil blades here which are homogenious and have a constant profile (x-section). Each blade is of equal length (as should be).
    What would the best way be to calculate the centrifugal force on the blade root as a result of constant angular speed? say o - rads/s

    I've just gotten a little confused about involving the 'centre of gyration'.


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  3. Oct 22, 2008 #2


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    If you can calculate the average force throughout the blade, and multiply by the length of the blade, that will give you the total force, all of which is felt at the root of the blade.
  4. Oct 23, 2008 #3
    Easy, since blade is constant section, estimate the centre of mass position and treat the root forces/stresses as if the mass was concentrated at the mass centre - ie CF = Mass.Omega^2.Radius.
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