High speed, high temperature, fault tolerant operation of a combination magnetic-hydrostatic bearing rotor support system for turbomachinery Conference Paper uri icon


  • Closed loop operation of a single, high temperature magnetic radial bearing to 30,000 RPM (2.25 million DN) and 540C (1,000F) is discussed. Also, high temperature, fault tolerant operation for the three axis system is examined. A novel, hydrostatic backup bearing system was employed to attain high speed, high temperature, lubrication free support of the entire rotor system. The hydrostatic bearings were made of a high lubricity material and acted as journal-type backup bearings. New, high temperature displacement sensors were successfully employed to monitor shaft position throughout the entire temperature range and are described in this paper. Control of the system was accomplished through a stand alone, high speed computer controller and it was used to run both the fault-tolerant PID and active vibration control algorithms.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2004

author list (cited authors)

  • Jansen, M., Montague, G., Provenza, A., & Palazzolo, A.

complete list of authors

  • Jansen, M||Montague, G||Provenza, A||Palazzolo, A

publication date

  • December 2004