An Annular Gas Seal Analysis Using Empirical Entrance and Exit Region Friction Factors Conference Paper uri icon


  • Wall shear stress results from stationary-rotor flow tests of five annular gas seals are used to develop entrance and exit region friction factor models. The friction factor models are used in a bulk-flow seal analysis which predicts leakage and rotordynamic coefficients. The predictions of the analysis are compared to experimental results and to the predictions of Nelson's analysis (1985). The comparisons are for smooth-rotor seals with smooth and honeycomb-stators. The present analysis predicts the destabilizing cross-coupled stiffness of a seal better than Nelson's analysis. Both analyses predict direct damping well and direct stiffness poorly. © 1990 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • Elrod, D. A., Childs, D. W., & Nelson, C. C.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • April 1990