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Rotor dynamics

Rotor dynamics of a turbo drive line

A newly designed drive line should be equipped with a multiple disc coupling between the turbine and the turbo compressor. For the design of this coupling, special attention must be paid to the rotor dynamic behavior of the complete drive line.

ISMB developed a simulation software package in order to extend the functionality of the standard FEA software package by the influence of gyroscopic effects. Additionally, the rotation speed dependence of the stiffness and damping matrices of the bearings are considered, which in general are non-symmetric.

At first the turbine and the turbo compressor were considered as separate components. The equivalent rotor dynamic results obtained by the customers were exactly reproduced.

Subsequently, the coupling was integrated into the FEA model. It appeared that the coupling significantly influences the natural frequencies and especially the damping behavior of the complete drive line already far below its first bending-critical speed.

By a targeted optimization of the coupling spacer and its connection adapters, a coupling design was developed so that all transversal modes of the drive line with natural frequencies near the operation frequency range are sufficiently damped. Additionally no torsional natural frequency is located within the operating frequency range.

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