Many high speed turbochargers operate with limit cycle vibration as a result of fluid-film instability. This problem has been under investigation for the past seven years. Only now has a turbocharger with fluid film bearings been run to full speed and loaded, with essentially no bearing induced sub-synchronous vibration. The goal of this research was to have a stable synchronous response with a minimum of non-synchronous contribution excited only by the engine dynamics and exhaust pressure pulsations. Previous papers have documented experimental results of the fixed geometry bearing designs. This paper documents a new, modified tilting pad bearing concept that has replaced the fixed geometry bushings with minimal modifications to the stock bearing housing. The summary of the on-engine testing over the past year is documented in this paper.
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Diesel Engine Turbocharger Stabilized With Novel Tilting Pad Bearing Design
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Kirk, RG, Enniss, M, Freeman, D, & Brethwaite, A. "Diesel Engine Turbocharger Stabilized With Novel Tilting Pad Bearing Design." Proceedings of the ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference. ASME/STLE 2012 International Joint Tribology Conference. Denver, Colorado, USA. October 7–10, 2012. pp. 217-219. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IJTC2012-61041
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