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A Virtual Bearing Method for Optimal Bearing Placement of Flexible Rotor Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Shibing Liu

Hyperloop One, Los Angeles, CA

Bingen Yang

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Paper No. DETC2017-67216, pp. V008T12A030; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 8: 29th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5822-6
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Flexible multistage rotor systems have a variety of engineering applications. Vibration optimization is important to the improvement of performance and reliability for this type of rotor systems. Filling a technical gap in the literature, this paper presents a virtual bearing method for optimal bearing placement that minimizes the vibration amplitude of a flexible rotor system with a minimum number of bearings. In the development, a distributed transfer function formulation is used to define the optimization problem. Solution of the optimization problem by a real-coded genetic algorithm yields the locations and dynamic coefficients of bearings, by which the prescribed operational requirements for the rotor system are satisfied. A numerical example shows that the proposed optimization method is efficient and accurate, and is useful in preliminary design of a new rotor system with the number of bearings unforeknown.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Bearings , Rotors



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