In this paper, a horizontal flexible rotor supported on two deep groove ball bearings is theoretically investigated for instability and chaos. The system is biperiodically excited. The two sources of excitation are rotating imbalance and self excitation due to varying compliance effect of ball bearing. A generalized Timoshenko beam finite element (FE) formulation, which can be used for both flexible and rigid rotor systems with equal effectiveness, is developed. The novel scheme proposed in the literature to analyze quasiperiodic response is coupled with the existing nonautonomous shooting method and is thus modified; the shooting method is used to obtain a steady state quasiperiodic solution. The eigenvalues of monodromy matrix provide information about stability and nature of bifurcation of the quasiperiodic solution. The maximum value of the Lyapunov exponent is used for quantitative measure of chaos in the dynamic response. The effect of three parameters, viz., rotating unbalance, bearing clearance, and rotor flexibility, on an unstable and chaotic behavior of a horizontal flexible rotor is studied. Interactive effects between the three parameters are examined in detail in respect of rotor system instability and chaos, and finally the range of parameters is established for the same.
Instability and Chaos of a Flexible Rotor Ball Bearing System: An Investigation on the Influence of Rotating Imbalance and Bearing Clearance
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Gupta, T. C., Gupta, K., and Sehgal, D. K. (April 5, 2011). "Instability and Chaos of a Flexible Rotor Ball Bearing System: An Investigation on the Influence of Rotating Imbalance and Bearing Clearance." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. August 2011; 133(8): 082501. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4002657
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