This paper forms Part II of the rotor drop analysis, focusing on the auxiliary bearing system design and optimization based on the rotor drop analysis methods, as introduced in Part I. Optimization focuses on shaft orbit, maximum ball bearing stress, and how to avoid possible ball bearing damage due to impact loading during rotor drop by optimizing auxiliary design including bearing selection, preload method, radial and axial damping element, and flexible bearing support. Using the detailed rotor drop model and time transient method, a variety of simulations are presented for 1) an energy storage vertical flywheel system, and 2) an 8-stage horizontal centrifugal compressor, are conducted to investigate the effects of auxiliary bearing design and to optimize the auxiliary system. Axial drops, radial drops and combination of radial/axial drops are all evaluated considering angular contact auxiliary bearing size, number of rows, preload, and flexible damped bearing supports in the axial and radial directions. The rotor drop analysis method introduced in this paper may be used as a design toolbox for the auxiliary bearing system.
Auxiliary Bearing System Optimization for AMB Supported Rotors Based on Rotor Drop Analysis: Part II — Optimization for Example Vertical and Horizontal Machines
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Cao, J, Allaire, P, Dimond, T, & Dousti, S. "Auxiliary Bearing System Optimization for AMB Supported Rotors Based on Rotor Drop Analysis: Part II — Optimization for Example Vertical and Horizontal Machines." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2016: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 7A: Structures and Dynamics. Seoul, South Korea. June 13–17, 2016. V07AT30A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2016-56324
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