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Modeling of Flexible Coupling to Connect Misaligned Flexible Rotors Supported on Ball Bearings

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T. C. Gupta

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India

K. Gupta

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

Paper No. GT2014-26891, pp. V07AT31A032; 14 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2014-26891
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2014: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7A: Structures and Dynamics
  • Düsseldorf, Germany, June 16–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4576-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME

abstract

Parallel or/and angular misalignment between rotors connected by flexible coupling causes deformation of coupling elements and rotor shafts both. The forces and moments from flexible coupling act on driver and driven rotors simultaneously and depend upon dynamic response of coupled rotor system. The authors’ aim in the present work is to propose a methodology to incorporate the coupling stiffness matrix and coupling loads into the finite element model of flexibly coupled flexible rotors supported on deep groove ball bearings. The coefficients of coupling stiffness matrix and coupling loads are nonlinear and depend upon the amount of parallel and angular misalignments. To segregate the effect of nonlinear stiffness of coupling on the dynamic response of the system, the stiffness of ball bearing is initially considered to be linear. Thereafter, ball bearing nonlinearities arising from radial clearance, Hertzian deformation of balls and races, and varying compliance effect are included into the FE model of the system. Considering different types of misalignments in succession and combination, the dynamic response is characterized by the presence of 1N, 2N and other super or sub harmonics. The misalignment in one plane is found to affect the dynamic response in both the orthogonal planes. Comparing to the stiffness of flexible coupling, the stiffness of ball bearing is of higher order and therefore, nonlinear coupling forces and moments have dominant influence on the dynamic response of the system.

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