Experimental Structural Stiffness and Damping in a 2nd Generation Foil Bearing for Increasing Shaft Temperatures Conference Paper uri icon


  • Demonstrated gas foil bearing (GFB) operation at high temperature is of interest for gas turbine applications. The effects of (high) shaft temperature on the structural stiffness and damping parameters of a foil bearing must be assessed experimentally. Presently, a hollow shaft warmed by an electric heater holds a floating 2nd generation FB that is loaded dynamically by an electromagnetic shaker. In tests with the shaft temperature up to 184°C, the measurements of dynamic load and ensuing FB deflection render the bearing structural parameters, stiffness and damping, as a function of excitation frequency and amplitude of motion. The identified FB stiffness and viscous damping coefficients increase with shaft temperature due to a reduction in the FB clearance. The bearing material structural loss factor, best representing mechanical energy dissipation, decreases slightly with shaft temperature while increasing with excitation frequency. Copyright © 2009 by ASME.

author list (cited authors)

  • San Andrés, L., & Ryu, K.

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publication date

  • January 2009