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Design of Tilting-Pad Journal Bearings Considering Bearing Clearance Uncertainty and Reliability Analysis

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Pereira da Silva, Heitor Antonio [1] ; Nicoletti, Rodrigo [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Dept Mech Engn, Sao Carlos Sch Engn, Trabalhador Sao Carlense 400, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 1

The dynamic characteristics of tilting-pad journal bearings (TPJBs) are strongly related to their geometric parameters, most importantly the bearing clearance. In turn, the bearing clearance in TPJBs is strongly dependent on the machining tolerances of the bearing parts and their assembling. Considering that, the machining tolerances of the pads can be of the same magnitude order of the oil film thickness in the bearing, it is uncertain that the TPJB will have the originally designed geometry after assembling. Therefore, the resultant dynamic characteristics of the TPJB also become uncertain. In this work, we present an investigation of tilting-pad bearings and their equivalent dynamic coefficients when subjected to dimensional variability. First, we perform a stochastic analysis of the system using a thermo-hydrodynamic (THD) model of the tilting-pad bearing and considering the bearing clearance in each pad as an independent random variable (varying between minimum and maximum values). We show that the scattering of the results of the dynamic coefficients is limited by the values obtained from TPJBs with all pads with maximum or minimum possible clearances. Second, we apply the concepts of reliability analysis to develop a design procedure for tilting-pad bearings. This design methodology considers the results obtained in the stochastic analysis and it allows the Engineer to appropriately design the bearing for a given probability of success or, inversely, a given probability of failure. Such approach assures a level of reliability to the dynamic coefficients of designed TPJBs in face of their dimensional variability. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/14045-7 - Analysis of the dynamic and static characteristics of asymmetric tilting-pad journal bearings
Grantee:Heitor Antônio Pereira da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master