Analytical and Experimental Investigation of the Stability of Intershaft Squeeze Film Dampers—Part 1: Demonstration of Instability

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D. H. Hibner, D. F. Buono

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, Conn.

R. G. Kirk

Rotordynamic Analysis, Ingersoll-Rand, Turbo Products Division, Phillipsburg, N. J.

J. Eng. Power 99(1), 47-52 (Jan 01, 1977) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3446251 History: Received December 22, 1975; Online July 14, 2010


Modern high-speed multishaft gas tubine engines incorporate viscous damped bearings to decrease overall system vibration and bearing loads. As viscous damper technology is applied to advanced engine design, more sophisticated analytical and experimental techniques are required to prove new concepts. This analysis will present the results of an investigation of the feasibility of damping engine vibration with a viscous damped intershaft bearing on a two-shaft gas turbine engine. Experimental results from a rotor dynamics simulation rig indicate an instability of the rotor system at speeds above a fundamental critical speed. An analytical model of the two-rotor system is presented and the results of both a classical stability analysis and a time transient response analysis verify the experimental data. The analytical model may be used to predict the stability of two-shaft engines which incorporate an intershaft damped bearing.

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