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Identification and Prediction of Force Coefficients in a Five-Pad and Four-Pad Tilting Pad Bearing for Load-on-Pad and Load-Between-Pad Configurations

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Adolfo Delgado, Bugra Ertas, Michael Drexel

GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY

Giuseppe Vannini, Lorenzo Naldi

GE Oil & Gas, Florence, Italy

Paper No. GT2010-23802, pp. 463-472; 10 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


This paper presents the identification of the rotordynamic force coefficients for a direct lubrication five-pad and four-pad tilting pad bearing. The bearing is 110 mm in diameter with an L/D of 0.4. The experiments include load-on-pad (LOP) and load-between-pad (LBP) configurations, with a 0.5 and 0.6 pivot offset, for rotor speeds ranging from 7500 rpm to 15000 rpm. The bearing force coefficients are identified from multiple frequency excitations (20 to 300 Hz) exerted on the bearing housing by a pair of hydraulic shakers, and are presented as a function of the excitation frequency, rotor speed, for a 300 kPa unit load. The experimental results also include temperatures at the trailing edge of three pads. The direct force coefficients, identified from curve-fits of the complex dynamic stiffness, are frequency independent if considering an added mass term much smaller than the test device modal mass. The force coefficients from the four-pad bearing load-between-pad configuration show similar coefficients in the loaded and orthogonal direction. On the other hand, as expected, the five-pad bearing load-on-pad shows larger coefficients (∼25%) in the loaded direction. The maximum pad temperature recorded for the 0.5 pivot offset configurations are up to 20° C higher than those associated to the 0.6 offset configuration. Results from a predictive code are within 50% of the experimental results for the direct stiffness coefficients and within 30% for the direct damping coefficients.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Force , Stress , Bearings



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