Rotor support stiffness estimation by sensitivity analysis
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In the present work, a method for rotor support stiffness estimation via a model updating process using the sensitivity analysis is presented. This method consists in using the eigenvalues sensitivity analysis, relating to the rotor support stiffnesses variation to perform the adjustment of the model based on the minimization of the difference between eigenvalues of reference and eigenvalues obtained via mathematical model from previously adopted support bearing stiffness values. The mathematical model is developed by the finite element method and the method of adjustment should converge employing an iterative process. The performance and robustness of the method have been analyzed through a numerical example.