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Theoretical Prediction of the Lift-Off Speed in Aerodynamic Compliant Foil Journal Bearings

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Shemiao Qi, Haipeng Geng, Lie Yu

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Y. S. Ho

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Paper No. GT2010-23267, pp. 383-388; 6 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2010: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Glasgow, UK, June 14–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4401-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3872-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In aerodynamic bearings, since the supporting air film is generated by rotor motion, there is no support at the start of motion. As in all such bearings, there is dry rubbing until the rotor achieves sufficient speed to lift-off. Thus, the lower the lift-off speed, the less will be the rubbing and so the greater will be the life of the bearing. This paper focuses on the theoretical prediction of lift-off speed in aerodynamic compliant foil journal bearings based on a generalized solution of elasto-aerodynamically coupled lubrication for compliant foil bearings. A computational method is presented which is used to predict the lift-off speed in aerodynamic foil journal bearings with eccentricity ratio greater than or equal to 1.0. Special emphasis is placed on investigating the effects of the load imposed on the bearing, the nominal radial clearance and the bearing radius on the lift-off speed. The numerical results obtained indicate that lift-off speed decreases with the decrease of load and nominal radial clearance, but with an increase in bearing radius. The eccentricity ratios are all greater than 1.0 at the lift-off speed for the aerodynamic compliant foil journal bearings used in this study.

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