Thermal Engineering

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 93–97 | Cite as

Rotor Rolling over a Water-Lubricated Bearing

  • V. F. Shatokhin
Steam Turbine, Gas Turbine, Steam-Gas Plants and Accessory Equipment


The article presents the results of studying the effect of forces associated with secondary damping coefficients (gyroscopic forces) on the development of asynchronous rolling of the rotor over a water-lubricated bearing. The damping forces act against the background of other exciting forces in the rotor–supports system, in particular, the exciting forces of contact interaction between the rotor and bearing. The article considers a rotor resting on supports rubbing against the bearing and the occurrence of self-excited vibration in the form of asynchronous roll-over. The rotor supports are made in the form of plain-type water-lubricated bearings. The plain-type bearing’s lubrication stiffness and damping forces are determined using the wellknown algorithms taking into account the physical properties of water serving as lubrication of the bearing. The bearing sliding pair is composed of refractory materials. The lubrication layer in such bearings is thinner than that used in oil-lubricated bearings with white metal lining, and there is no white metal layer in waterlubricated bearings. In case of possible deviations from normal operation of the installation, the rotating rotor comes into direct contact with the liner’s rigid body. Unsteady vibrations are modeled using a specially developed software package for calculating the vibration of rotors that rub against the turbine (pump) stator elements. The stiffness of the bearing liner with the stator support structure is specified by a dependence in the force–deformation coordinate axes. In modeling the effect of damping forces, the time moment corresponding to the onset of asynchronous rolling-over with growing vibration amplitudes is used as the assessment criterion. With a longer period of time taken for the rolling-over to develop, it becomes possible to take the necessary measures in response to actuation of the equipment set safety system, which require certain time for implementing them. It is shown that the gyroscopic damping components facilitate the developing rolling of the rotor over the bearing. If measures taken to decrease these components in the damping devices and bearings are met with success, the onset of asynchronous rolling-over with the growing amplitudes occurs after a longer period of time.


rotor stator bearings seals asynchronous rolling-over roll-over exciting forces gyroscopic forces rotor section center motion trajectory rotor precession angular speed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kaluga Turbine WorksKalugaRussia

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