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Impact of Bearing Clearance on Measured Stiffness and Damping Coefficients and Thermal Performance of a High-Stiffness Generation 3 Foil Journal Bearing

[+] Author Affiliations
Jason C. Wilkes, Jonathan Wade, Aaron Rimpel, Jeff Moore

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Erik Swanson

Xdot Engineering and Analysis, PLLC, Charlottesville, VA

Joseph Grieco

Halliburton, Carrollton, TX

Jerry Brady

BP Exploration Alaska, Inc., Anchorage, AK

Paper No. GT2016-56478, pp. V07BT31A011; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2016-56478
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7B: Structures and Dynamics
  • Seoul, South Korea, June 13–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4984-2
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME

abstract

High speed foil bearings are currently used in increasingly demanding, high performance applications. The application under consideration is a 120 krpm natural gas turboexpander-compressor, which requires 38 mm (1.5 in.) foil journal bearings with high stiffness and load capacity to help enhance rotordynamic stability. This paper describes the development of the foil bearing for this application and includes measured stiffness and damping coefficients recorded on a high-speed dynamic bearing test rig. The dynamic test data were taken for several different foil bearing configurations with varying spring-element foil thicknesses, number of spring-element foils, and bearing shim thickness. All three parameters have a direct impact on bearing clearance. The influence of these different parameters on measured stiffness and damping coefficients and thermal performance of the bearings are presented and discussed.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME

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