Application Of Foil Bearings To Helium Turbocompressor.
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Hydrodynamic gas-lubricated foil bearings are ideal for machinery that operates at high speed or in extreme-temperature environments. As motors and generators run at higher speeds with more torque capacity, the need for commonly available, robust, high-speed, low-loss foil bearings is clear. This paper presents an application example of the successful replacement of a tape-type bearing for a bump-type bearing in a helium turbocompressor. Both bearing types are described, as are the steps involved in design and fabrication of the bump bearing, and results of comparison tests between the original and replacement bearings. Methods to analyze bump-type foil bearings with commercially available software are reviewed to further emphasize the inherent simplicity of these bearings. By providing the engineering community with the understanding needed to successfully apply foil bearings, the authors hope that the benefits and true potential of this technology will finally be realized.
Chen, H. Ming; Howarth, Roy; Geren, Bernard; Theilacker, Jay C.; Soyars, William M. (2001). Application Of Foil Bearings To Helium Turbocompressor.. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from