Tilting pad gas bearing induced thermal bow- rotor instability (Morton effect) Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier Ltd The Morton effect ME is a thermally induced, rotordynamic instability, which is frequently reported in overhung machines supported with oil-lubricated bearings. Synchronous journal whirling results in an uneven viscous shearing of the lubricant film and temperature variation around the journal circumference. This bends the shaft and under certain conditions causes increasing synchronous vibration. Previous research focused solely on oil-lubricated bearings. A transient, high-fidelity ME methodology is presented to expand the scope to tilting pad gas bearing (TPGB) systems. Three dimensional finite element models are established to predict the rotor and bearing temperature and dynamic responses in the time domain. Simulations indicate that the ME can occur in the TPGB systems and may be sensitive to imbalance and overhung mass.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Tong, X., & Palazzolo, A.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Tong, Xiaomeng||Palazzolo, Alan

publication date

  • May 2018