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Dynamic Characterization of an Integral Squeeze Film Bearing Support Damper for a Supercritical CO2 Expander

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Bugra Ertas

GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY

Adolfo Delgado

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Jeffrey Moore

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Paper No. GT2017-63448, pp. V07AT34A009; 9 pages
doi:10.1115/GT2017-63448
From:
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 7A: Structures and Dynamics
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5092-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME

abstract

The present work advances experimental results and analytical predictions on the dynamic performance of an integral squeeze film damper (ISFD) for application in a high-speed super-critical CO2 (sCO2) expander. The test campaign focused on conducting controlled orbital motion mechanical impedance testing aimed at extracting stiffness and damping coefficients for varying end seal clearances, excitation frequencies, and vibration amplitudes. In addition to the measurement of stiffness and damping; the testing revealed the onset of cavitation for the ISFD. Results show damping behavior that is constant with vibratory velocity for each end seal clearance case until the onset of cavitation/air ingestion, while the direct stiffness measurement was shown to be linear. Measurable added inertia coefficients were also identified. The predictive model uses an isothermal finite element method to solve for dynamic pressures for an incompressible fluid using a modified Reynolds equation accounting for fluid inertia effects. The predictions revealed good correlation for experimentally measured direct damping, but resulted in grossly overpredicted inertia coefficients when compared to experiments.

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