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Rotor Dynamics in Design of a High Speed Cryogenic Pump for Geo Stationary Launch Vehicles

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Srinivasa R. Jammi

Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, IndiaAltair Engineering India, Bangalore, India

Paper No. DETC2014-34580, pp. V008T11A065; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 8: 26th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4641-4
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


On January 5th 2014 the Indian Space Research Organization successfully launched its Geo Stationary Launch Vehicle with an indigenous Cryogenic engine. One of the main design aspects is in its rotor dynamics to predict the peak amplitude unbalance whirl and the speed at which it occurs. This engine has several key technologies, one of them specifically is coupled rotors, viz., Turbine, Hydrogen Pump and Oxidizer supported on seven nonlinear rolling element bearings and several seals all mounted in a flexible casing. The conventional beam model initially adopted failed to predict the speed at which peak unbalance response occurs.

The rotor system was first developed in a solid model to determine the critical speeds of the rotor alone considering its 40000 rpm centrifugal loads with bearings treated as linear. Then, unbalance whirl of this rotor system was developed by codes specially developed for this purpose. The rolling element bearings are found to be highly nonlinear with large bearing radial forces at critical speeds. An iterative procedure was developed to match the bearing force and unbalance whirl to determine peak amplitude response speeds. Subsequently, seals and the influence of casing and internal pressures were accounted in the analysis. This paper describes the advanced rotor dynamic design of this pump.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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