For the design of secondary air and lubrication oil systems a sufficient knowledge on two-phase flow and heat transfer phenomena under bearing chamber flow conditions is required. The characterization of oil film flows at the bearing chamber walls is one of the major tasks for a better understanding of these processes and, therefore, a necessity for improvements of the efficiency of aero engines. The present paper gives a contribution to this subject.

Utilizing a fibre-optic LDV-setup, measurements of oil film velocity profiles have been performed in our high speed bearing chamber rig simulating real engine conditions. All data have been compared with different theoretical approaches which have been derived from a force balance at a liquid film element, including geometrical conditions and temperature dependent fluid properties, and by approaches for the eddy viscosity available in the literature.

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