The paper presents results from film thickness measurements in a bearing chamber test rig. The measurements were performed at different operating conditions and with two offtake designs. A discussion of the measurement technique using in situ calibrated capacitive sensors shows good accuracy and repeatability. The film thickness results are first compared to measurements with the same chamber in a vented configuration. The analysis of the measurements at various operating conditions shows a strong influence of the shaft speed, the chamber pressure, and the offtake design. In contrast to that, flow rate and scavenge ratio have only minor influence. Furthermore, the momentum flux of the core air flow is proposed as a suitable parameter with which the influence of shaft speed and pressure can be correlated to the film thickness distribution.

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