This paper studies numerically the motion of an AMB rotor when it is supported only by backup bearings. Unlike a linear rotor-bearing system, which always undergoes a harmonic motion, the nonlinear AMB rotor-backup bearing system will undergo irregular or chaotic motion at some rotating speeds. The simulations show that in a wide rotating speed range there are several extra resonance frequencies, which are different from those appearing in well-known linear models. When a power failure occurs to AMB machinery, the AMB rotor should pass through all these resonance frequencies. Under some conditions, the full clearance whirl motion of the rotor in backup bearings will happen, which may lead to damage. In this paper several measures that could reduce the nonlinear response and hence avoid the full clearance motion are discussed.
Motion of AMB Rotor in Backup Bearings
Contributed by the Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound for publication in the JOURNAL OF VIBRATION AND ACOUSTICS. Manuscript received May 2001; revised March 2002. Associate Editor: G. Flowers.
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Zeng , S. (June 12, 2002). "Motion of AMB Rotor in Backup Bearings ." ASME. J. Vib. Acoust. July 2002; 124(3): 460–464. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1476382
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