Comparison Between Theories and Experiments for the Threshold of Instability of Rigid Rotor in Self-Acting, Plain-Cylindrical Journal Bearings

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C. H. T. Pan, B. Sternlicht

Mechanical Technology Incorporated, Latham, N. Y.

J. Basic Eng 86(2), 321-327 (Jun 01, 1964) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3653072 History: Received March 06, 1963; Online November 03, 2011


The threshold of half-frequency whirl for a rigid rotor in self-acting, plain-cylindrical journal bearings is analyzed by several methods, and the results are compared. The correlation among the various approaches appears to be good. The simplest method of analysis is, therefore, used for comparison with experimental data. Experimental results showing the effect of bearing length and bearing load are compared with theory. The influence of bearing length on the threshold speed follows closely the trend of the calculated results; however, the experimental threshold speeds are always a little higher. In comparing the effect of bearing load it is seen that the calculated threshold speed is consistently somewhat over-pessimistic, but the influence of rotor inclination is in very good agreement with experimental data. The methods presented in this paper can be used readily in design to insure stable operation with plain-cylindrical journal bearings.

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