The purpose of this course is to demonstrate a number of methods available for calculating the complete dynamical performance of rotors - solving problems such as synchronous and non-synchronous whirl, sensitivity to unbalance, threshold of instability, torsional behaviour of branched systems, the analysis of steady and cyclic stress distributions caused by unbalance and other vibration phenomenon.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration2 weeks (not consecutive)
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • CostThe cost for the two weeks is £2500 or £1500 for the first week alone. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

Attendance of the Rotordynamics module of the Design of Rotating Machines MSc is open to external delegates. Although the module is run primarily as an educational course, rather than applied training in the form of a stand­alone industrial short course, its attendance will strongly benefit engineers seeking an introduction to rotordynamics. The module runs over two weeks. The first of these covers fundamentally theoretical aspects whilst the second focuses on practical modelling work.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

  • Model mathematically a variety of rotating machines ranging from reciprocating engines to turbomachines, compressors, gas and steam turbines, pumps and fans to other rotating machines

  • Demonstrate the ability to solve design problems varying from consumer annoyance to machine survival

  • Be acquainted with the different techniques used in the industry for the analysis of rotordynamic problems.

Core content

  • Review of dynamic principles using matrix algebra
  • Critical speeds and dynamic response
  • Stability of rotating components
  • Gyroscopic effects
  • Torsional vibrations
  • Balancing of rotating machinery
  • Hydrodynamic Bearing Instabilities
  • Transfer function analysis and modal analysis
  • Measurement of rotor natural frequencies, damping, support dynamic stiffness, unbalance response
  • Introduction to computational methods
  • Analytical and experimental studies employing a Jeffcott rotor
  • Development of complex rotordynamic models.


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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