RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Combustion and Fuels

Nonlinear Analysis of Rotordynamic Instabilities in High-Speed Turbomachinery

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D. S. H. Chan

Department of Marine Technology, Kværner Engineering A. S., Oslo, Norway

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 118(1), 122-129 (Jan 01, 1996) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816527 History: Received February 04, 1994; Online November 19, 2007


A nonlinear approach based on the method of averaging has been developed to study unstable lateral vibrations of rotors in high-speed turbomachinery. The method makes use of an extended concept of bearing dynamic coefficients, which are defined by applying small perturbations to the dynamic equilibrium positions. The approach has been applied to determine the stability threshold of flexible rotors supported on short and tilting-pad journal bearings, respectively. Stability performance of systems supported on short journal bearings is improved by the presence of mass unbalance. However, for flexible rotors supported on tilting-pad journal bearings, increased unbalance can lead to lower rotordynamic stability margins. This has the significant implication that stability estimates from linear analysis are not always conservative. The present method provides a computationally more efficient way to understand the nonlinear vibration behavior of high-speed turbomachinery.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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