High-speed foil bearings are currently used in increasingly demanding, high performance applications. The application under consideration is a 120 krpm natural gas turboexpander-compressor, which requires 38 mm (1.5 in.) foil journal bearings with high stiffness and load capacity to help enhance rotordynamic stability. This paper describes the development of the foil bearing for this application and includes measured stiffness and damping coefficients recorded on a high-speed dynamic bearing test rig. The dynamic test data were taken for several different foil bearing configurations with varying spring-element foil thicknesses, number of spring-element foils, and bearing shim thickness. All three parameters have a direct impact on bearing clearance. The influence of these different parameters on measured stiffness and damping coefficients and thermal performance of the bearings are presented and discussed.
Impact of Bearing Clearance on Measured Stiffness and Damping Coefficients and Thermal Performance of a High-Stiffness Generation 3 Foil Journal Bearing
Contributed by the Structures and Dynamics Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Manuscript received March 21, 2017; final manuscript received July 3, 2017; published online April 10, 2018. Editor: David Wisler.
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Wilkes, J. C., Wade, J., Rimpel, A., Moore, J., Swanson, E., Grieco, J., and Brady, J. (April 10, 2018). "Impact of Bearing Clearance on Measured Stiffness and Damping Coefficients and Thermal Performance of a High-Stiffness Generation 3 Foil Journal Bearing." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. July 2018; 140(7): 072503. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4038603
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