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TECHNICAL PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Aircraft

Vapor Phase Lubrication for Expendable Gas Turbine Engines

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Matthew J. Wagner, Nelson H. Forster

Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, AFRL/PRSL Building 490, 1790 Loop Road North, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7103

Kenneth W.  Van Treuren

Baylor University, Department of Engineering, P. O. Box 97356, Waco, TX 76798

David T. Gerardi

UES, Inc., 4401 Dayton-Xenia Road, Dayton, OH 45432

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 122(2), 185-190 (Jan 03, 2000) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.483193 History: Received March 09, 1999; Revised January 03, 2000
Copyright © 2000 by ASME
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Figures

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Allison T63 turboshaft engine 12
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High speed bearing rig test setup, side view
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High speed bearing rig no. 8 bearing test results
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T63 no. 8 bearing housing instrumentation
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T63 engine no. 8 bearing test results
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Side view of no. 1 bearing housing 12
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T63 no. 1 bearing housing instrumentation
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T63 no. 1 bearing, Durad mist test results
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T63 no. 1 bearing, oil versus Durad mist comparison

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