Rotordynamic coefficient test results for a four-stage brush seal Academic Article uri icon


  • Experimental results are presented for the direct and cross-coupled stiffness and direct damping coefficients for a four-stage brush seal. Variable test parameters include the inlet pressure, pressure ratio, shaft speed, fluid prerotation, and seal spacing. Direct damping slightly increases with running speed; otherwise, the rotordynamic coefficients are relatively insensitive to changes in the test parameters. Cross-coupled stiffness is generally unchanged by increasing the inlet tangential velocity to the seals, in contrast to conventional labyrinth seals. Comparisons of test results for the four-stage brush seal with an eight-cavity labyrinth showed superior rotordynamic performance for the brush seal, namely, larger values for direct stiffness and lower values for the (destabilizing) cross-coupled stiffness coefficient. © 1993, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Conner, K. J., & Childs, D. W.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • May 1993