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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 10 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 213-220

Global Dynamics of Shaft Lines Rotating in Surrounding Fluids Application to Thin Fluid Films

1INSA Lyon, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Structures, Villeurbanne, France
2INSA Lyon, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Structures, 8 rue des Sciences, Villeurbanne 69621, France

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While often sufficiently accurate, approaches using rotor dynamics and bladed disc dynamics are not adapted to the study of certain important cases, i.e., when observing wheel/shaft coupling or when fluid elements are strongly coupled with local structural deformations. The approach proposed here is a step toward a global model of shaft lines. The whole flexible wheel/shaft assembly and the influence of specific fluid film elements are considered in a full threedimensional model. A modal projection associated with a grid located at the interface of the fluid and structural domains provides an efficient and adaptable coupling. The equations governing the whole system are solved within a time marching procedure which alternatively considers the equations of fluid and structure. The technique chosen is applied to two different test cases. The first is composed of a disc and a thin-walled shaft mounted on a hydrodynamic bearing. The second is intended for studying a more realistic structure composed of a shaft and a wheel coupled with a fluid film between the wheel and a casing. These applications make it possible to identify trends related to fluid effects and couplings between the flexible structural parts.