The paper extents the fluid film bearing database method to arbitrary fixed bearing profiles including floating ring bearings. The method is applied to evaluate rotordynamic response of an automotive turbocharger, modeled as rigid rotor, and of a turbine-generator shaft train for power generation modeled as flexible rotor through the transient transfer matrix method. The methodology claims to render drastically faster evaluation of transient response of rotating systems with nonlinear bearings regardless the complexity of the bearing models implemented. The computational time of transient response is similar to this when short bearing expressions are used. Turbocharger rotordynamic simulation considers the use of nonlinear bearing models as mandatory, and several case studies have to be performed for the definition of key design parameters of floating ring bearings. The bearing database method offers the tool for a severe total time reduction in rotordynamic calculations, with the possibility to implement advanced thermohydrodynamic bearing models to the rotordynamic algorithm as fast as short bearing approximation formulas. Furthermore, the rotordynamic design of large turbine shaft trains is still based on linear harmonic analysis which leads to conservative designs. The database method aims to include the transient response of nonlinear rotor models as a standard procedure in the rotordynamic design of large shaft trains, which nowadays is avoided due to high time cost and complexity.
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