This paper introduces a test facility specifically designed to measure the axial stiffness and damping coefficients of an oil-lubricated thrust collar (TC). The geometry, load, and speeds of the test facility are representative of a production integrally geared compressor (IGC). Separate electric motors spin the shafts according to an assumed gear ratio; a pneumatic air piston loader provides a noncontacting, static thrust force; a remotely controlled impact hammer delivers a perturbation force; and eddy-current motion probes record the resulting vibration. The paper uses a one degree-of-freedom (1DOF) axial motion model that neglects the static and dynamic stiffness of the bull wheel (BW) and presents estimates of the TC oil-film dynamic coefficients for pinion spin speeds between 5 and 10 krpm, and static loads between 200 and 400 N, using time-domain (log-dec and damped period) and static load-deflection techniques. The measurements show that the TC oil-film develops appreciable stiffness (tens of MN/m), and the 1DOF model used here is inadequate for higher loads. Axial runout on the interfacing surfaces of the test facility TC and BW complicates parameter identification, but time-domain averaging effectively attenuates the runout while preserving the transient vibration that results from the impact hammer. Measurements of the TC oil-film stiffness, damping, and virtual mass coefficients are useful to machinery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or end-users seeking to predict or diagnose subsynchronous vibration in their machine that might be TC-related.
Static and Dynamic Coefficient Measurements for a Thrust Collar Used in an Integrally Geared Compressor
Manuscript received June 22, 2018; final manuscript received September 27, 2018; published online March 14, 2019. Editor: Jerzy T. Sawicki.
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Kerr, T., Crandall, A., Childs, D., and Delgado, A. (March 14, 2019). "Static and Dynamic Coefficient Measurements for a Thrust Collar Used in an Integrally Geared Compressor." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. May 2019; 141(5): 051020. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4041654
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