Thermal assessment of dynamic rotor/auxiliary bearing contact events

Patrick S. Keogh, Woon Yik Yong

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Under normal operation, a rotor levitated by magnetic bearings will rotate without making contact with any stator component. However there are a number of circumstances that may lead to temporary or permanent loss of levitation. These include full rotor drop events arising from power loss, momentary fault conditions, sudden changes in unbalance, high levels of base acceleration, and other aerodynamically induced force inputs. The spinning rotor will come into dynamic contact with an auxiliary bearing. Highly localized and transient temperatures will arise from frictional heating over the dynamically varying contact area. Rotor dynamic contact forces are predicted for a range of initial conditions leading to combinations of bounce and rub motion on the auxiliary bearing. The transient heat flux from the contact area is then ascertained. A transient thermal Green's function is developed in a form that is effective over short or long time scales and local to the source. This enables the transient thermal response of an auxiliary bearing to be assessed for a range of dynamic contact conditions. Auxiliary bearings consisting of fixed bushings and free to rotate inner races are analyzed. The results show that significant localized contact temperatures may arise from each contact event, which would accumulate for multiple contact cases. The methodology will be of relevance for the life prediction of auxiliary bearing designs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-152
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Tribology: Transactions of the ASME
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventSTLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference, IJTC 2006 - San Antonio, TX, USA United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …

Bibliographical note

ID number: ISI:000243462600018. Paper presented 01 January 2006 at STLE/ASME International Joint Tribology Conference


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