Rotordynamic and friction loss measurements on a high speed Laval rotor supported by floating ring bearings

Rob Eling, M. te Wierik, Ron van Ostayen, DJ Rixen

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Floating ring bearings are the commonly used type of bearing for automotive turbochargers. The automotive industry continuously investigates how to reduce the bearing friction losses and how to create silent turbochargers. Many of these studies involve creating a numerical model of the rotor-bearing system and performing validation on a test bench on which a turbocharger is driven by hot gases. This approach, however, involves many uncertainties which diminish the validity of the measurement results. In this study, we present a test setup in which these uncertainties are minimized. The measurement results show the behavior of the floating ring bearing as a function of oil feed pressure, oil feed temperature, rotor unbalance and bearing clearances. Next to an increased validity, the test setup provides measurement data with good repeatability and can therefore represent a case study which can be used for validation of rotor-bearing models
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • floating ring bearingse
  • turbocharger
  • friction losses
  • rotordynamic; hydrodynamic bearing; laval rotor; oil whirl; sub-synchronous vibration; unbalance
  • hydrodynamic bearing
  • laval rotor
  • oil whirl
  • sub-synchronous vibration
  • unbalance


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