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Stress Analysis of a Touchdown Bearing Having an Artificial Crack

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Neda Neisi, Eerik Sikanen, Janne E. Heikkinen, Jussi Sopanen

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

Paper No. DETC2017-67750, pp. V008T12A034; 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


The active magnetic bearings (AMBs) are often the preferred bearing solution in high speed rotating machines. Even though AMBs have numerous advantages in comparison to normal bearings they are sensitive to the power shutdowns. In the absence of electromagnetic field, the rotor collides with touchdown bearing. The high contact forces occurring between the rotor and touchdown bearing might lead to a contact surface failure in the touchdown bearings. In this study, the simulation model has been used to study the stresses of the touchdown bearing with an artificial crack. Flexibility of the rotor is modelled using the finite element method and frictional contacts are defined between the rotor and touchdown bearing. Hertzian contact theory is used to model all internal contacts in the ball bearing type touchdown bearings. This makes it possible to obtain the Hertzian contact stresses in each ball of the touchdown bearing and evaluate the stress intensity factors for a crack propagation analysis. The results show that increase in the dynamic friction coefficient between the rotor and bearing as well as increase in the air gap leads to a higher maximum Hertzian stress. As a result of the higher contact stress the stress intensity factor will increase.

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