Data-Driven Model for the Dynamic Characteristics of O-Rings for Gas Bearing Supported Rotors

The measurement results of various nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) O-Ring sizes are pre-sented, and reduced-order models are developed in order to predict the stiffness and damping coefficient as a function of O-Ring geometry, Shore hardness, squeeze, and exci-tation frequency. The results show that the curvature ratio d/D needs to be considered in the reduced-order models. The assessment of the model suggests a maximum deviation of 30% in predicted stiffness compared to the measurement data. However, taking into account the typical Shore hardness tolerance given by O-Ring manufacturers and other measurement uncertainties, the proposed model enables the prediction of various O-Rings with a good accuracy in the frequency range of 1.5–3.75 kHz, which corresponds to typical gas bearing supported rotor applications.

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Journal of Applied Mechanics, 86, 8, 081003
Aug 01 2019
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