© 2011

History of Rotating Machinery Dynamics


Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. J. S. Rao
    Pages 1-4
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    Pages 9-12
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    Pages 13-14
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    Pages 23-30
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    Pages 31-34
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    Pages 35-43
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    Pages 45-47
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    Pages 49-98
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    Pages 115-139
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    Pages 141-183
  12. J. S. Rao
    Pages 185-251
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    Pages 341-351

About this book


This book starts with the invention of the wheel nearly 5000 years ago, and via Archimedes, Aristotle and Hero describes the first practical applications such as water wheels and grinding wheels, pushing on to more rigorous scientific research by inquiring minds such as Leonardo da Vinci and Copernicus in later ages. Newton and Leibniz followed, and beam structures received maximum attention three centuries ago.  As focus shifts and related disciplines such as mathematics and physics also develop, slowly turbomachines and rotor and blade dynamics as we know the subject now take shape.


While the book traces the events leading to Laval and Parsons Turbines, the emphasis is on rotor and blade dynamics aspects that pushed these turbines to their limits in the last century. The tabular and graphical methods developed in the pre-computer era have taken different form in the last fifty years through finite element methods. The methods evolved in the last century are discussed in detail to help modern day designers and researchers.


This book will be useful to young researchers and engineers in industry and educational institutions engaged in rotor and blade dynamics work in understanding the past and the present developments and what is expected in future. Faculty and industry engineers can benefit from this broad perspective history in formulating their developmental plans.

Indexed in the Book Citation Index– Science (BKCI-S)


finite elements history machinery dynamics rotor dynamics turbomachines

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Altair EngineeringBangaloreIndia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title History of Rotating Machinery Dynamics
  • Authors J.S. Rao
  • Series Title History of Mechanism and Machine Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-1164-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3533-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-1165-5
  • Series ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series E-ISSN 1875-3426
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 358
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mechanical Engineering
    Machinery and Machine Elements
    Solid Mechanics
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