Analysis of modified finite length journal bearing under position perturbation
The performance of journal bearings is significantly affected by the presence of misalignment, which is usually an accompanying problem for this type of bearing. This includes exceeding the design limits for the maximum pressure and the minimum film thickness levels, which affect, in other words, the load-carrying capacity of the system. In addition, it raises the possibility of increasing the wear rate at the bearing edges and increases the friction coefficient at high levels of misalignment. This paper deals with the problem of finite-length misaligned journal bearings, considering a novel comparison between two cases of misalignments: the general 3D misalignment and the vertical misalignment problems for modified bearings. The effect of introducing a variable axial bearing profile on the bearing characteristics and the time responses of the rotor bearing system under position perturbation has also been investigated. The numerical solution of this hydrodynamic problem is based on the finite difference method using Reynolds boundary conditions method. Results show that using a variable bearing profile improves bearing characteristics, such as increasing the minimum film thickness significantly and reducing the pressure levels in addition to reducing the friction coefficient. Furthermore, the modification enhances the rotor-bearing stability under position perturbation, extending the speed range for a safe operation.
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