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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 10 (2004), Issue 3, Pages 163-174

Interaction of Squeeze Film Dampers and Hole Feed Systems and Its Influence on the Dynamics of a Jeffcott Rotor

1Ecole Centrale de Lyon—Laboratoire de Tribologie et Dynamique des Systèmes, Ecully, France
2Ecole Centrale de Lyon—LTDS, 36, Avenue Guy de Collongue, Ecully, 69130, France

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The oil feeding of a squeeze film damper through holes can be an interesting solution to improve the damper's energy dissipation capability since it increases the journal's effective squeezing surface. While groove feeding has been extensively studied, only a few works have addressed the problem of hole fed dampers. The squeeze film damper model may be able to estimate the pressure at the feed holes as well as the flow into the film. A fundamental issue in the modeling of the hole feed system is the choice of the adequate boundary conditions. Existing published models consider the supply pressure to be constant at a specific section of the hydraulic system. The pressures at the oil injection holes are then obtained via local flow balances taking into account a linear flow resistance across the feed conduits. The model developed in the present work is based on the application of the simplified form of the energy equation commonly used in hydraulics, with approximate pressure drop coefficients. As a boundary condition we impose the power supplied to the pump. The nonlinear hydraulics problem is coupled with the squeeze flow and the Newton–Raphson method is employed to solve the set of nonlinear equations. The influence of the hole feed system on the unbalance response and stability of a Jeffcott rotor is analyzed in regards to the number of feed holes and the power supplied to the pump. The feed system behavior is also studied.