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Influence of design parameters on occurence of oil whirlOil whirl instability is a serious problem in oil lubricated journal bearings. The phenomenon is characterized by a subsynchronous vibration of the journal within the bush and is particularly apparent in turbogenerators, aeroengines and electric motors. A review is presented of previous papers on the subject of oil whirl, and a simple theory is described which was used to aid the design of an oil whirl test rig. Predictions of the onset of oil whirl made by the theory presented were found to agree with those of previous researchers. They showed that increasing the shaft flexibility, or the lubricant viscosity, and decreasing the bearing radial clearance tended to reduce the oil whirl onset speed thus making the system more unstable.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Ogrodnik, P. J. (North Staffordshire Polytechnic Stafford, United Kingdom)
Goodwin, M. J. (North Staffordshire Polytechnic Stafford, United Kingdom)
Penny, J. E. T. (Aston Univ. Birmingham England, 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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