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Lubricants 2018, 6(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/lubricants6010014

Experimental and Numerical Analysis on the Seizure of a Carbon-Filled PTFE Central Groove Journal Bearing during Start-Up Period

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Safran Transmission Systems, 18, Boulevard Louis Seguin, 92707 Colombes, France
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Institut Pprime, CNRS Université de Poitiers—ISAE-ENSMA, GMSC, SP2MI—Téléport 2, 11 Boulevard Marie et Pierre Curie, 86962 Futuroscope Chasseneuil CEDEX, France
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Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2018 / Accepted: 24 January 2018 / Published: 26 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Friction and Lubrication of Sliding Bearings)
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During the start-up period, if the journals bearing bushing and shaft materials have different heat conductivities, the thermal expansion of the shaft might be more rapid than that of the bushing. This reduces the radial clearance between the bearing components and generates higher shear stresses in the lubricating fluid, which can lead to bearing seizure, resulting in the deterioration of the journal bearing. (1) First, we present an experimental case study of the seizure of a central groove journal bearing with a carbon-filled polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) bushing and a steel shaft; (2) Then, a static thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) simulation is compared to Cristea’s experiments (Cristea, A.-F., 2012); (3) Then, a pseudo-transient TEHD simulation is performed in order to numerically predict the observed phenomena on the test rig; (4) Finally, the evolution of the oil flow rate and the bushing temperatures during the start-up period determined with the pseudo-transient TEHD modelling are compared to the experimental data of the test rig. The pressure field is determined with the thermohydrodynamic (THD) Elrod’s modelling, with Vijayaraghvan’s robust solver algorithm. The pseudo-transient temperature field in the bearing components as well as the thermal and mechanical deformations are calculated with a commercial software. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbon-filled PTFE; central groove journal bearing; start-up period; bearing seizure; pseudo-transient thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) regime carbon-filled PTFE; central groove journal bearing; start-up period; bearing seizure; pseudo-transient thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) regime
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Pap, B.; Fillon, M.; Guillemont, M.; Bauduin, L.; Chocron, J.; Gédin, P.; Biadalla, L. Experimental and Numerical Analysis on the Seizure of a Carbon-Filled PTFE Central Groove Journal Bearing during Start-Up Period. Lubricants 2018, 6, 14.

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