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Predicted Effects of Bearing Sump and Injection Pressures on Oil Labyrinth Leakage

[+] Author Affiliations
Sung-Young Park, David L. Rhode

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Paper No. 2001-GT-0118, pp. V003T01A005; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2001: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, June 4–7, 2001
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7852-1
  • Copyright © 2001 by ASME


New information and an enhanced understanding concerning the oil vapor contaminant leaking through non-flooded oil labyrinth seals are provided. The results were obtained using a finite-volume Navier-Stokes computer code that was extended to include the concentration transport equation. The minimum (i.e. critical) pressure and flow rate at which un-contaminated buffer gas must be injected to prevent oil vapor from leaking to the process gas was determined for a range of seal geometries and operating conditions. It was found that the variation of the critical buffer-gas injection pressure with bearing gas and process gas pressures, for example, was surprisingly small for the cases considered. In addition, the bearing gas and oil vapor flow rates for a wide range of bearing and injection (where present) pressures and geometries were determined for both buffered as well as non-buffered seals.

Copyright © 2001 by ASME
Topics: Bearings , Leakage



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