Detailed ball bearing model for magnetic suspension auxiliary service Academic Article uri icon


  • Catcher bearings (CBs) provide backup protection for rotating machines with active magnetic bearings (AMBs). The CBs are required in the event of an AMB failure or high transient loads. Numerical simulations of a rotor drop on CBs in flywheel energy storage system are conducted with a detailed CB model which includes a Hertzian load-deflection relationship between mechanical contacts, speed-and-preload-dependent bearing stiffness due to centrifugal force, and a Palmgren's drag friction torque. The transient simulation results show the rotor shaft response variations with the design parameters: shaft/bearing friction coefficients, axial preload, support damping of damper liner, and side loads from magnetic bearings. The results reveal that friction coefficients, support damping, and side loads are critical parameters to satisfy CB design objectives and prevent backward (super) whirl. 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, G., Palazzolo, A. B., Provenza, A., & Montague, G.

citation count

  • 43

publication date

  • January 2004