An Experimental Investigation on the Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Journal Bearings Under the Influence of Twisting Misalignment

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P. Arumugam, S. Swarnamani, B. S. Prabhu

Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian institute of Technology, Madras-600 036, India

J. Tribol 119(1), 188-192 (Jan 01, 1997) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2832456 History: Received January 22, 1996; Revised June 04, 1996; Online January 24, 2008


The misalignment between the journal and the bearing in a rotor-bearing system may be due to manufacturing error, elastic deflection, thermal expansion etc. In the present work, the eight linearized stiffness and damping coefficients of the cylindrical and three lobe bearings are identified at different levels of bearing misalignment (twisting misalignment) and at different speeds of the rotor. The identification method used here needs FRFs (Frequency Response Functions) obtained by the measurements and the finite element method. The twisting misalignment changes the stiffness and damping coefficients in the vertical and horizontal directions. In the case of three lobe bearings, for 0.7 degree of misalignment, the stiffness in the vertical direction is increased by about 12 percent.

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