Thermohydrodynamic Modeling of Squeeze Film Dampers in High-Speed Turbomachinery

This work develops a comprehensive thermohydrodynamic (THD) model for high-speed squeeze film dampers (SFDs) in the presence of lubricant inertia effects. Firstly, the generalized expression for Reynolds equation is developed. Additionally, in order to reduce the complexity of the hydrodynamic equations, an average radial viscosity is defined and integrated into the equations. Subsequently, an inertial correction to the pressure is incorporated by using a first-order perturbation technique to represent the effect of lubricant inertia on the hydrodynamic pressure distribution. Furthermore, a thermal model, including the energy equation, the Laplace heat conduction equations in the surrounding solids (i.e. the journal and the bush), and the thermal boundary conditions at the interfaces is constructed. Moreover, the system of partial differential hydrodynamic and thermal equations is simultaneously solved by using an iterative numerical algorithm. The proposed model is incorporated into a simulation model and the results are represented at different SFD journal speeds and eccentricity ratios. According to the results of the analysis, the fluid film reaction forces are significantly influenced by both the lubricant thermal effects and inertia.


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  • Accession Number: 01686289
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: SAE International
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 04-11-02-0006
  • Files: TRIS, SAE
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2018 12:10PM