Identification of Force Coefficients in a Squeeze Film Damper With a Mechanical End SealCentered Circular Orbit Tests Academic Article uri icon


  • The damping capability of squeeze film dampers (SFDs) relies on adequate end sealing to prevent air ingestion and entrapment. The paper presents the parameter identification procedure and force coefficients of a test SFD featuring a mechanical seal that effectively eliminates lubricant side leakage. The test damper reproduces an aircraft application intended to contain the lubricant in the film lands for extended periods of time. The test damper journal is 2.54cm in length and 12.7cm in diameter, with a nominal clearance of 0.127mm. The SFD feed end is flooded with oil, while the discharge end contains a recirculation groove and four orifice ports. In a companion paper (San Andrs and Delgado, 2006, ASME J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power, 119, to be published) single frequencyunidirectional load excitation tests were conducted, without and with lubricant in the squeeze film lands, to determine the seal dry-friction force and viscous damping force coefficients. Presently, tests with single frequency excitation loads rendering circular centered orbits excitations are conducted to identify the SFD force coefficients. The identified parameters include the overall system damping and the individual contributions from the squeeze film, dry friction and structural damping. The identified system damping coefficients are frequency and motion amplitude dependent due to the dry friction interaction at the mechanical seal interface. Identified squeeze film force coefficients, damping, and added mass, are in good agreement with predictions based on the full film, short length damper model.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Tribology

author list (cited authors)

  • San Andrs, L., & Delgado, A.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • San AndrĂ©s, Luis||Delgado, Adolfo

publication date

  • July 2007