David P. Fleming, J. V. Poplawski, "Transient Vibration Prediction for Rotors on Ball Bearings Using Load-Dependent Nonlinear Bearing Stiffness", International Journal of Rotating Machinery, vol. 10, Article ID 247573, 6 pages, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1155/S1023621X0400048X
Transient Vibration Prediction for Rotors on Ball Bearings Using Load-Dependent Nonlinear Bearing Stiffness
Rolling-element bearing forces vary nonlinearly with bearing deflection. Thus an accurate rotordynamic transient analysis requires bearing forces to be determined at each step of the transient solution. Analyses have been carried out to show the effect of accurate bearing transient forces (accounting for nonlinear speed and load-dependent bearing stiffness) as compared to conventional use of average rolling-element bearing stiffness. Bearing forces were calculated by COBRA-AHS (Computer Optimized Ball and Roller Bearing Analysis—Advanced High Speed) and supplied to the rotordynamics code ARDS (Analysis of Rotor Dynamic Systems) for accurate simulation of rotor transient behavior. COBRA-AHS is a fast-running five degree-of-freedom computer code able to calculate high speed rolling-element bearing load-displacement data for radial and angular contact ball bearings and also for cylindrical and tapered roller bearings. Results show that use of nonlinear bearing characteristics is essential for accurate prediction of rotordynamic behavior.
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