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The Limited-Torque Acceleration Through Critical Speed Phenomenon in Rotating Machinery

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Anand Srinivasan, Trent W. Thurston

Cameron Compression Systems, Buffalo, NY

Paper No. GT2012-69073, pp. 607-613; 7 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, June 11–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4473-1
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Rotor-bearing systems of modern day turbomachinery are generally designed to operate at speeds well above the lateral critical speed(s). Acceleration from rest to design speed of turbomachines is usually accomplished by a driver such as a motor or a turbine. The driver provides the torque required to bring the drive-train to full speed. If the torque delivered by the driver is less than the torque demanded by the driven machine, the drive-train stalls at a speed below running speed. If this speed coincides with a lateral critical speed of the turbomachine, the amplitude of vibration may increase to levels high enough to trip the machine. In extreme cases, damage due to rubs from vibration excursions may occur on the rotating components. Such a phenomenon is referred to as a limited-torque-acceleration of rotors through the critical speed. A theoretical analysis of this phenomenon requires a time-transient solution of the lateral equations of motion, with the acceleration rate determined from the torque equation. In this paper, the acceleration of the Jeffcott rotor model with a variable torque input has been studied, and the time-transient response of the shaft lateral displacements has been presented. Data recorded from a turbomachine that incurs vibration excursions during limited-torque acceleration through critical speed has also been presented. The importance of fast acceleration rates through critical speeds for rotating equipment has been stressed in this paper.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Torque , Machinery



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