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Nonlinear Modeling of a Rigid Rotor Supported on Rolling Element Bearings With Localized Defects

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Karthik Kappaganthu, C. Nataraj

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Paper No. DETC2010-29041, pp. 967-974; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 22nd International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; Special Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4413-7 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In this paper a nonlinear model for defects in rolling element bearings is developed. Detailed nonlinear models are useful to detect, estimate and predict failure in rotating machines. Also, accurate modeling of the defect provides parameters that can be estimated to determine the health of the machine. In this paper the rotor-bearing system is modeled as a rigid rotor and the defects are modeled as pits in the bearing race. Unlike the previous models, the motion of the rolling element thorough the defect is not modeled as a predetermined function; instead, it is dynamically determined since it depends on the clearance and the position of the shaft. Using this nonlinear model, the motion of the shaft is simulated and the effect of the rolling element passing through the defect is studied. The effect of shaft parameters and the defect parameters on the precision of the shaft and the overall performance of the system is studied. Finally, suitable measures for health monitoring and defect tracking are suggested.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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