Effects of fluid inertia on finite-length squeeze-film dampers Academic Article uri icon


  • The influence of fluid inertia on the SFD force response to circular-centered motions of arbitrary amplitude is analyzed in detail, For finite length, locally sealed SFDs, integro-differential equations are derived in terms of the mean flow components. Numerical predictions, using the finite-element method, show that the damping and added mass coefficients remain invariant as the Reynolds number increases from small values to a moderate Reynolds number equal to 10. An approximate, finite-length, solution for the fluid-film forces has been analytically obtained which accounts for the fluid-inertia effect as well as local end seal effects in symmetric SFD configurations. The approximate solution, strictly valid for small Reynold numbers (Re < 1), agrees well with the results from the numerical solution for most SFD configurations and orbit radii considered. © 1987 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Andres, L., & Vance, J. M.

citation count

  • 22

publication date

  • January 1987