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Vibration Control in a Motor Drive Using an Active Magnetic Bearing

Active magnetic bearings are often used for controlling the vibration level in mechanical systems. In this example, a motor driven rotor system in which the speed of the system is gradually increased is considered. The system vibrates due to existing imbalances. As the rotor speed ... Read More

Comparison of Campbell Plots Using Different Rotor Interfaces

Different types of elements can be used for modeling a rotor, depending on the level of complexity and the type of the system being modeled. The modeling steps and representation of the results will vary with the type of idealization. In this tutorial model, an eigenfrequency analysis is ... Read More

Stability of a Turbocharger Under the Influence of Cross-Coupled Bearing Forces

Cross-coupled forces present in a hydrodynamic bearing often act as a negative damping in a rotor. Near the critical speed, this may lead to uncontrolled vibration of the turbocharger causing a risk of bearing failure. In this example, the influence of the cross-coupling forces on the ... Read More

Whirling of Uniform Shaft Under Gravity

The Whirling of a Uniform Shaft tutorial model shows you how to perform a transient analysis of a uniform shaft under gravity. The shaft is supported by two hydrodynamic bearings at its ends. The gyroscopic effect causes the rotor to whirl about its initial axis and the rotor eventually ... Read More

Step Thrust Bearing

In this tutorial model, a six step thrust bearing is analyzed. A step thrust bearing consists of a stepped bearing surface on which the end of the shaft rotates. The entire assembly is submerged in a lubricant. The shaft collar is assumed to be spinning without any axial motion in the ... Read More

Critical Speed of a Dual Rotor System

Due to the demand for larger power with a smaller size, dual-shaft systems with intershaft bearings are becoming a standard configuration for gas turbine engines. Such systems consist of two coaxial rotors running at different speeds, interlinked through a multi-spool bearing. In this ... Read More

Topology Optimization of a Step Thrust Bearing

In this tutorial model, a step thrust bearing is topology optimized to maximize the bearing capacity. A step thrust bearing consists of a stepped bearing surface on which the end of the shaft rotates. The entire assembly is submerged in a lubricant. The shaft collar is assumed to be ... Read More

Turbocharger Supported on Floating Ring Bearings

In this model, a turbocharger supported on two floating ring bearings is studied. The film forces on the ring cause it to rotate within the bearing. In steady state, the ring rotates at a constant angular speed and the torque on the ring due to the inner and outer films are balanced. ... Read More

Evaluation of Dynamic Coefficients of a Plain Journal Bearing

When analyzing rotors, it is common that bearings are modeled through their effective dynamic coefficients about a static equilibrium position. This model illustrates how to compute such coefficients for a plain journal bearing. The bearing length is kept much smaller than its diameter ... Read More

Damping Coefficients of a Squeeze Film Damper

Squeeze film dampers are components that provide additional damping to rotating machines. To simplify the modeling of a rotor assembly, squeeze film dampers are modeled in terms of their damping coefficients which are a functions of the journal location in the damper. This model computes ... Read More