Wave Journal Bearing. Part 2 : Experimental Pressure Measurements and Fractional Frequency Whirl Threshold for Wave and Plain Journal Bearings
- Walker, James F.
- Jan 1, 1995.
- Physical Description:
- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Addy, Harold E., Jr. and Dimofte, Florin
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- A new hydrodynamic bearing concept, the wave journal bearing, is being developed because it has better stability characteristics than plain journal bearings while maintaining similar load capacity. An analysis code to predict the steady state and dynamic performance of the wave journal bearing is also part of the development. To verify numerical predictions and contrast the wave journal bearing's stability characteristics to a plain journal bearing, tests were conducted at NASA Lewis Research Center using an air bearing test rig. Bearing film pressures were measured at 16 ports located around the bearing circumference at the middle of the bearing length. The pressure measurements for both a plain journal bearing and a wave journal bearing compared favorably with numerical predictions. Both bearings were tested with no radial load to determine the speed threshold for self-excited fractional frequency whirl. The plain journal bearing started to whirl immediately upon shaft start-up. The wave journal did not incur self-excited whirl until 800 to 900 rpm as predicted by the analysis. Furthermore, the wave bearing's geometry limited the whirl orbit to less than the bearing's clearance. In contrast, the plain journal bearing did not limit the whirl orbit, causing it to rub.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19950015988., Accession ID: 95N22405., NASA-TM-106848-PT-2., NAS 1.15:106848-PT-2., E-9424-PT-2., and Energy and Environmental Expo 1995; 29 Jan. - 1 Feb. 1995; Houston, TX; United States.
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