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Why have hydrostatic bearings been avoided as a stabilizing element for rotating machinesThe advantages are discussed of hydrostatic, high pressure bearings as providers of higher margin of stability to the rotor/bearing systems. It is apparent that deliberate use of hydrostatic bearing high pressure lubricated (any gas or liquid) can easily be used to build higher stability margin into rotating machinery, in spite of the thirty years bias against high pressure lubrication. Since this supply pressure is controllable (the Direct Dynamic Stiffness at lower eccentricity is also controllable) so that within some rotor system limits, the stability margin and dynamic response of the rotor system is more readily controllable. It may be possible to take advantage of this effect in the various seals, as well as the bearings, to assist with stability margin and dynamic response of rotating machinery. The stability of the bearing can be additionally improved by taking advantage of the anti-swirling concept. The high pressure fluid supply inlets should be located tangentially at the bearing circumference and directed against rotation. The incoming fluid flow creates stability by reducing the swirling rate.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Bently, D. E. (Bently Rotor Dynamics Research Corp. Minden, NV, United States)
Muszynska, A. (Bently Rotor Dynamics Research Corp. Minden, NV, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center Instability in Rotating Machinery
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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