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Preliminary investigation of labyrinth packing pressure drops at onset of swirl-induced rotor instabilityBackward and forward subsynchronous instability was observed in a flexible model test rotor under the influence of swirl flow in a straight-through labyrinth packing. The packing pressure drop at the onset of instability was then measured for a range of operating speeds, clearances and inlet swirl conditions. The trend in these measurements for forward swirl and forward instability is generally consistent with the short packing rotor force formulations of Benchert and Wachter. Diverging clearances were also destabilizing and had a forward orbit with forward swirl and a backward orbit with reverse swirl. A larger, stiff rotor model system is now being assembled which will permit testing steam turbine-type straight-through and hi-lo labyrinth packings. With calibrated and adjustable bearings in this new apparatus, direct measure of the net destabilizing force generated by the packings can be made.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Miller, E. H.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Vohr, J. H.
(General Electric Co. Schenectady, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center Rotordynamic Instability Problems in High-Performance Turbomachinery
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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