Title page for ETD etd-0408103-100711

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Chauvin, Darryl, Jr.
Author's Email Address djchauvin@yahoo.com
URN etd-0408103-100711
Title An Experimental Investigation of Whirl Instability Including Effects of Lubrication Temperature in Plain Circular Journal Bearings
Degree Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Micheal Khonsari Committee Chair
Su-Seng Pang Committee Member
Yitshak Ram Committee Member
  • journal bearings
  • whirl instability
Date of Defense 2003-04-04
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this thesis is to experimentally investigate the effect of lubricant temperature on the presence of whirl instability in journal bearings. The first set of conditions that are studied is an extremely low eccentricity rotor and the occurrence of oil whirl at the start-up of the experiment. Lubricant temperature, bearing temperature, frequency and amplitude of vibration, and rotational speed are monitored and analyzed in relation to presence of whirl instability. Additionally, another rotor with a slightly higher eccentricity is tested with respect to the presence of such instability. Particularly with this rotor, the system is brought just below the threshold of instability. Thermal equilibrium is achieved and then the lubricant temperature is increased. This effectively increased the Sommerfeld number and reductions in the threshold of instability were detected. A brief discussion on the findings of rotor unbalance is presented. Also, the experimental transition into whirl instability is discussed.
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