An efficient algorithm for blade loss simulations using a high fidelity ball bearing and damper model Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents a novel approach for blade loss simulation of an aircraft gas turbine rotor mounted on rolling element bearings with squeeze film dampers. The modal truncation augmentation (MTA) method provides an efficient tool for modeling this large order system with localized nonlinearities in the ball bearings. The gas turbine engine, which is composed of the power turbine and gas generator rotors, is modeled with 38 lumped masses. A nonlinear angular contact bearing model is employed, which has ball and race degrees of freedom and uses a modified Hertzian contact force between the races and balls. This combines a dry contact force and an equivalent viscous damping force. Prediction of the maximum contact load and the corresponding stress on an elliptical contact area between the races and balls is made during the blade loss simulations. A finite-element based squeeze film damper (SFD), which determines the pressure profile of oil film and calculates damper forces for any type of whirl orbit, is developed, verified, and utilized in the simulations. The new approach is shown to provide efficient and accurate predictions of whirl amplitudes, maximum contact load and stress in the bearings, transmissibility, the maximum and minimum damper pressures and amount of unbalance force for incipient oil film cavitation.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Sun, G., Palazzolo, A. B., Carney, K., Kaushik, N., Provenza, A. J., & Lawrence, C.

complete list of authors

  • Sun, G||Palazzolo, AB||Carney, K||Kaushik, N||Provenza, AJ||Lawrence, C

publication date

  • December 2003