This work details the heat generation analysis of a turbine aero-engine main-shaft bearing using the computer program Advanced Dynamics Of Rolling Elements (ADORE). The empirical models used for traction and churning heat generation are detailed. The predictions of ADORE are shown to demonstrate the differing contributions of traction and churning to total heat generation at different load/speed regimes. These results are then compared with experimental results. In addition, the results of ADORE are also compared with results from the well-known bearing analysis program SHABERTH (Shaft Bearing Thermal Analysis). The comparisons showed good agreement between ADORE and the experimental results for loads between 13.35 and 53.40 kN and speeds between 1.8 and 2.2 MDN. The results also showed under prediction of heat generation by SHABERTH in this regime. Limitations of both programs were identified and speculated to include limitations in the empirical models due to the lack of available experimental traction data at high speeds/loads. Finally, recommendations for future research are provided which will likely provide significant improvements in the ability to predict bearing heat generation in turbine aero-engine applications.

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