Dynamic performance and stability characteristics of a multi pad externally adjustable fluid film bearing

H Girish H, Raghuvir Pai

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Due to the recent advances in the development of smart rotating machineries, there is a high demand for automated support bearings with efficient integrated control systems. Existing research studies have indicated that high-end performance can be attained from automated bearings through effective control and modification of the bearing performance parameters. In this study, an innovative journal bearing geometry with multi-control operations is presented. The four controllable bearing pads enclosed in the bearing casing have a novel feature to translate radially and undergo controlled tilt motions. The multi-control bearing system with radial and tilt pad motions will significantly influence the stability responses of the rotorsystem, which is theoretically analysed in this study. To predict the variation in film thickness for varied pad adjustments, a modified film thickness equation is incorporated in the linearised perturbed model for dynamic analysis. A notable variation in dynamic coefficients and stability parameters are observed for negative radial adjustment and tilt angles. Results indicate that negatively adjusted radial and pad tilt motion can generate improved stability margins at higher eccentricities. Data generated on stability margins at specific pad adjustments will be helpful while developing the control system for the actuation mechanism in the experimental setup.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralian Journal of Mechanical Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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