Gas Bearings and Magnetic Bearings for Oil-Free Rotating Machinery
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Gas bearings (GBs) are an efficient alternative for load support of high speed microturbomachinery (< 400 kW, +1000°F, +3M DN). These bearings are compliant surface hydrodynamic bearings using ambient air as the working fluid media. Oil-free systems have lesser part count, footprint and weight and are environmentally friendly and (nearly) maintenance free, thus saving costs and resources. Current commercial applications include air cycle machines, cryogenic turbo expanders and micro gas turbines. Other upcoming applications include auxiliary power units, automotive turbochargers and aircraft gas turbine engines for regional jets. The short course provides practicing engineers with a comprehensive review of existing gas bearing technologies including their principle of operation, analysis and experimental verification, comparison amongst other gas bearing types, as well as the integration of gas bearings, foil bearings in particular, into actual rotor-bearing systems (hot and cold). The course also includes an introduction to magnetic bearings and their applications in oil-free microturbomachinery.
San Andrés, Luis; Lubell, Daniel (2014). Gas Bearings and Magnetic Bearings for Oil-Free Rotating Machinery. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from