Trends in aircraft engine design cause increased mechanical stress requirements for rolling bearings. Consequently high amounts of heat are rejected which results in high oil scavenge temperatures. The direction of oil flow in the bearing can considerably affect the heat transported by the oil. An RB199 turbofan bearing and its associated chamber were modified to carry out the survey. The test bearing was a 124mm PCD ball bearing. The bearing has a split inner-ring employing under-race lubrication by two individual jets. The total oil flow could be devided to any ratio through the jets. This had an impact on the oil scavenge temperatures and the scavenge flows on both sides of the bearing. Significant reduction in the ‘heat to oil’ was achieved when oil was fed at certain proportions (ratio). This work is part of the European Research programme Brite Euram ATOS (Advanced Transmission and Oil Systems).

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