Nonlinear Bearing Effects on Rotor Dynamic Analysis PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
R. Colsher, I. Anwar, V. Obeid

The Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Philadelphia, PA

Paper No. 82-GT-291, pp. V005T13A024; 8 pages
  • ASME 1982 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education; Process Industries; Technology Resources; General
  • London, England, April 18–22, 1982
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7960-3
  • Copyright © 1982 by ASME


Nonlinear effects due to fluid film bearings become significant when vibratory amplitudes are large. To include these effects in rotor dynamic analysis requires conducting time-transient response analysis, where the fluid film forces are estimated at each time step. The present paper describes an approach where a unique treatment of bearing forces results in an efficient computational scheme for performing time transient analysis. The method developed is applicable to a flexible-rotor system with multi-degrees of freedom. A study conducted on a canned annulus motor pump using tilting pad bearings for the rotor support is described in this paper. The results showed severe loading at the bearings due to the canned annulus forces. Nonlinear effects due to the bearings were found only at large rotor unbalance loads.

Copyright © 1982 by ASME
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