APPLICATION OF FOIL AIR BEARING TURBOMACHINERY IN AIRCRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

Recent trends in aircraft design emphasize high reliability components with low life-cycle costs. Cooling turbine studies show that bearing failures are by far the most common cause of unit failures. This fact has given emphasis to the development of new, highly reliable bearing systems. One system that is becoming more widely used is the foil air bearing cooling turbine. The design requirements of cooling turbines and some of the problems encountered by earlier ball bearing units are presented here. The design features and advantages of foil air bearing units are also covered. Finally, reliability data are presented showing the service performance of the air bearing cooling turbines.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • For Meeting held July 10-13, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Emerson, T P
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188551
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASME 78-ENAS-18
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1979 12:00AM