Numerical Investigation of Flow Fields and Forces for 2-D Squeeze Film Dampers
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A numerical method is used to predict flow fields and forces for squeeze film dampers (SFDs). A two dimensional SFD is modeled with different amplitudes and frequencies of the journal orbiting inside the wall. In addition to the typical circular centered orbit (CCO) motion prescribed in most studies, orbits can vary greatly from circular to linear. The study is divided into two distinctive models including single phase flow model and two phase flow model. The single phase flow model cases including three amplitudes, i.e. 0.002, 0.001, and 0.0005 inches, and three frequencies, i.e. 10, 50, and 200 Hz, of journal motions are conducted to portray flow fields and forces and ultimately determine their relationships. The numerical prediction shows that the journal amplitude and frequency affect flow and consequently force in the SFD. The force is directly proportional to frequency and motion amplitude. Owing to the presence of cavitation in the practical SFD, the two phase flow model is also presented with the journal amplitude of 0.0002 and three frequencies of 10, 50, and 100 Hz, respectively. The ambient pressure condition was set up for numerical processing ranging from 0.001 Mpa to 100 Mpa. The results indicate that the operating pressure has an integral role in suppressing the presence of the cavitation. The caviation disappears if the operating pressure is high enough above the vapor pressure of the lubricant.
Neadkratoke, Terdsak (2011). Numerical Investigation of Flow Fields and Forces for 2-D Squeeze Film Dampers. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from