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SOFTWARE VALIDATION TEST REPORT FOR MAIN BEARING STIFFNESS

Benchmark for Main Bearing Stiffness Evaluation:


Example, Real life Compressor Bearing Stiffness Calculation from K. E. Atkins/R. X. Perez/D. M. Turner, A
Simple Procedure for Assessing Rotor Stability, Third International Symposium on Transport Phenomena
and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery, April 1990.

Test Performed By:


D. H. Rawal, M.E., M.S. (U.S.A.), DIRECTOR, Systech Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India, Sr. Member ASME

Bearing Stiffness Evaluation Program Verification


This section presents a comparison of the program-generated solution with a known solution of a selected
benchmark problem. This provides a confirmation of the adequacy of the program for Bearing Stiffness
Evaluation.

Benchmark Problem

Bearing Stiffness Coefficients Shown in Table 1 obtained by K. E. Atkins/R. X. Perez/D. M. Turner are
compared with results from Systech Consultancy Services [SCS] Bearing Stiffness Evaluation Program [Refer
to Table 3: Benchmark Problem for Journal Bearing Stiffness Calculation on next page].

The results obtained from show good correspondence with those provided by K. E. Atkins/R. X. Perez/D. M.
Turner.

Table 2: Comparison of Bearing Stiffness Coefficients


Bearing Stiffness K. E. Atkins/R. X. Systech Consultancy Services [SCS] Difference
Coefficient Perez/D. M. Turner Bearing Stiffness Evaluation Program
Coefficient Units %
Kxx LB/IN 2.85E+05 2.83E+05 -0.88
Kyy LB/IN 3.79E+05 3.75E+05 -1.06

Hence, calculated Bearing Stiffness Coefficient as per Systech Consultancy Services [SCS] Bearing Stiffness
Evaluation Program are comparable with those provided by K. E. Atkins/R. X. Perez/D. M. Turner and their by
validating Systech Consultancy Services [SCS] Bearing Stiffness Evaluation Program.

SYSTECH CONSULTANCY SERVICES, 21 & 22 AASRA APT., ST. ANTHONY STREET, VAKOLA, SANTACRUZ (E), MUMBAI -400 055
PHONE: 91-22-2667-4506 or 2667-4787, FAX: 91-22-2667-2737, E-Mail: systech_consultancy@vsnl.com
SOFTWARE VALIDATION TEST REPORT FOR MAIN BEARING STIFFNESS (Contd)

Table 3: Benchmark Problem for Journal Bearing Stiffness Calculation


Table: Atkin, Rotor Bearing System Parameters Paper
Client: Test Problem, Gulf Coast Refinery
Equipment: 5-STG Compressor
Make: N/A
Bearing Type: 5 SLOP
Model: 2800 HP, 10200RPM
Size: 3.000 Inch Dia x 1.375 Inch
Bearing Location - In / Out Board
Bearing Type - 5 SLOP
Static Load * (LBS) 250.00
(Kg) 113.40
Bearing Diameter (Inches) 3.0000
(mm) 76.20
Bearing Length (Inches) 1.3750
(mm) 34.93
L/D = (-) 0.458
DIAM CLEAR-ASSEM (Inches) 0.005
(mm) 0.13
DIAM CLEAR-MACHIND (Inches) 0.0100
(mm) 0.25
Pre-load - 0.5
Location of Load - On Pads
VISCOCITY : u Reyns 2.00
cP 13.79
W/c-m = - 50000
SPEED SOMMERFIELD ANGULAR OIL FILM STIFFNESS
(RPM) NO. SPEED LB/IN KG/cm
(rad/s)
11000 0.5445 1151.92 KX=CKxx/W 2.83E+05 50449
kY=CKyy/W 3.75E+05 66968
SPEED ANGULAR SPEED RADIAL STIFFNESS
(RPM) (rad/s) DAN/mm N/mm N/m
11000 1151.92 4947 49473 4.9473E+07
11000 1151.92 6567 65673 6.5673E+07

Note: * Total Rotor Weight = 500 lbs in Table 1 Data of K. E. Atkins/R. X. Perez/D. M. Turner Paper is for 2
Bearings; while Table 3 above is for 1 Bearing; i.e., Static Load = 500 lbs / 2 Bearings = 250 lbs.

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PHONE: 91-22-2667-4506 or 2667-4787, FAX: 91-22-2667-2737, E-Mail: systech_consultancy@vsnl.com