A low-order model was created to analyze a small-scale gas bearing with a diameter of 4.1 mm, designed to spin at 2.4 million rpm. Due to microfabrication constraints, the bearing lies outside the standard operating space and stable operation is a challenge. The model is constructed by reference to Newton’s second law for the rotor and employs stiffness and damping coefficients predicted by other models. At any operating point it is able to predict (1) whether the journal can sustain stable operation, and (2) the whirling frequency of the journal. Analysis shows that the best way to operate the bearing is in a hybrid mode where the bearing relies on hydrostatics at low speeds and hydrodynamics at high speeds. However, in transitioning from hydrostatic to hydrodynamic operation, the model shows that the bearing is prone to instability problems and great care must be taken in scheduling the bearing pressurization system in the course of accelerating through low and intermediate rotational speeds.
Low-Order Models for Very Short Hybrid Gas Bearings
Contributed by the Tribology Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for presentation at the STLE/ASME Tribology Conference, Seattle, WA, October 1–4. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division Feb. 15, 2000; revised manuscript received June 16, 2000. Paper No. 2000-TRIB-12. Associate Editor: J. Fre^ne.
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Savoulides, N., Breuer, K. S., Jacobson , S., and Ehrich, F. F. (June 16, 2000). "Low-Order Models for Very Short Hybrid Gas Bearings ." ASME. J. Tribol. April 2001; 123(2): 368–375. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1308000
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