Additional Test Results for Round-Hole-Pattern Damper Seals: Leakage, Friction Factors, and Rotordynamic Force Coefficients Conference Paper uri icon


  • Test results are presented for round-hole-pattern damper seals at Reynolds numbers on the order of 90,000 to 250,000. The seals have roughened stators; Cr/R = 0.0075 and L/D = 1/2 . The fluid CBrF3 entering the test seals has no intentional prerotation, i.e., the fluid is injected radially into the apparatus. There is no tangential injection; and no 'slinger' is provided upstream of the seals. Test results consist of leakage rates, axial pressure gradients, friction factors, and rotordynamic-force coefficients. The hole-pattern-stator seals leak approximately one third less than smooth seals at the same clearances, have approximately the same damping performance, and about 20 percent lower stiffness values. Unlike earlier tests (Childs and Kim, 1986), variations in hole depth to radial clearance ratios h/Cr showed no clear optimum with respect to damping.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Tribology

author list (cited authors)

  • Childs, D. W., Nolan, S. A., & Kilgore, J. J.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Childs, DW||Nolan, SA||Kilgore, JJ

publication date

  • April 1990