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Field Tests on Hydrodynamic and Hybrid Operation of a Bidirectional Thrust Bearing of a Pump-Turbine

Abstract

In vertical shaft pump turbines operating in pumped storage power plants an important role is played by a thrust bearing. Due to the bidirectional character of operation, thrust bearing tilting pads have to be supported symmetrically, which is known to be unfavourable from the point of view of their performance. Large thrust bearings have to be carefully designed so as to minimise excessive thermo-elastic pad deformations. The research into fluid film thrust bearings has been quite extensive over the years, comprising theoretical studies of bearing properties with the use of more and more sophisticated calculation codes. On the other hand, the availability of experimental field data on bearing operation is limited, for obvious reasons. In this paper the authors present part of the results of extensive field tests of a large bearing of a pump-turbine they have conducted in a pumped storage power plant. Hopefully this data will be of interest to other researchers to compare theoretical predictions to measurement data.

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Category:
Articles
Type:
publikacja w in. zagranicznym czasopiśmie naukowym (tylko język obcy)
Published in:
Lubricants no. 5,
ISSN: 2075-4442
Language:
English
Publication year:
2017
Bibliographic description:
Wasilczuk M., Wodtke M., Dąbrowski L.. Field Tests on Hydrodynamic and Hybrid Operation of a Bidirectional Thrust Bearing of a Pump-Turbine. Lubricants, 2017, Vol. 5, iss. 4, s.48-
DOI:
Digital Object Identifier (open in new tab) 10.3390/lubricants5040048
Sources of funding:
  • COST_FREE
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Gdańsk University of Technology

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