Computational analysis of the steady state performance of an adjustable/controllable multi-pad bearing profile under LBP orientations

Girish Hariharan, Raghuvir Pai

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Abstract

A theoretical model of a four-pad bearing profile with unique adjustable or controllable features is simulated in the present study by considering load directed between the pads. Radial and tilt adjustable mechanism of the four bearing pads can effectively control and modify the rotor operating behaviour. Inward and outward motions of the bearing pads result in the generation of narrow and broader convergent regions, which directly influences the fluid film pressures. In the theoretical analysis, load-between-pad (LBP) orientations and pad adjustment configurations are taken account of by employing a modified film thickness equation. The effect of load position in influencing the steady state behaviour of the four-pad adjustable bearing under varied pad displaced conditions is analysed in this study. The outcome of the analysis highlighted the effectiveness of four-pad adjustable bearing in improving the steady state performance by operating under negative adjustment conditions and with load acting on the bearing pads.

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  • Mechanical Engineering

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