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Title: Hybrid air bearings for high speed turbo machinery
Author: Pu, Guang
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 6469
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This PhD project is set out to develop a type of hybrid journal air bearings with reduced reliance on the supply of compressed air for mobile turbomachinery applications. The research work covers hydrostatic and hybrid journal air bearings with non-compliant clearance boundaries. The approach adopted combined numerical analysis based on CFD and experimental verification of the designs. The research can be divided into three sections. In the first section, numerical approaches to model hydrostatic and hybrid journal air bearings with a fixed clearance boundary were developed based on finite difference method (FDM) and finite volume method (FVM) respectively. In the second and third section, theoretical and experimental studies were performed on hydrostatic and hybrid journal air bearings. Performance of the bearings was investigated in non-rotational and rotational conditions. The analysis on stability and natural frequencies of rotor bearing system was performed using the linear bearing model. The unbalance responses of the rotor in the test rig were predicted using non-linear transient analysis and measured experimentally from 50k rpm to 120k rpm in rotor speed. Through the theoretical and experimental investigations of the hybrid journal air bearings, the objectives of the project have been implemented and the aims have been met.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery