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A Study of the Influence of Static Eccentricity and Unbalance on Cavitation Effects in a Squeeze Film Damped Flexible Rotor

[+] Author Affiliations
Philip Bonello, Michael J. Brennan, Roy Holmes

University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK

Paper No. GT2002-30288, pp. 563-572; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2002-30288
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2002: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2002, Parts A and B
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 3–6, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3609-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3601-0
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

The study of eccentric squeeze film damped rotor dynamic systems has largely concentrated on rigid rotors. In this paper, a newly developed receptance harmonic balance method is used to efficiently analyze a squeeze film damped flexible rotor test rig. The aim of the study is to investigate the influence of damper static eccentricity and unbalance level on cavitation and its resulting effect on the vibration level. By comparing predictions for the rotor vibration levels obtained respectively with, and without, lower pressure limits for the eccentric squeeze film damper model, it is demonstrated that cavitation is promoted by increasing static eccentricity and/or unbalance level. This, in turn, is found to have a profound effect on the predictions for the critical vibration levels, which such dampers are designed to attenuate. The reported findings are backed by experimental evidence from the test rig.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Cavitation , Rotors

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