P15453: Dynamic Journal Bearing Loading System
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A journal bearing test rig was designed and fabricated by an Multidisciplinary Senior Design team in 2013-2014 to simulate Dresser-Rand’s ESH-1 reciprocating compressor. This project, P15453, will serve as a continuation of P14453, the 2013-2014 project. The reciprocating compressor test rig allows for rapid testing of the crank journal bearing found in the full scale Dresser-Rand compressor. Comparatively, disassembling the full scale compressor can take over six hours while disassembling the test right can take approximately 30 minutes. The rapid disassembly allows for testing and monitoring of the crank journal bearing while reducing time between tests. Currently, the test rig is fitted with static loading due to time and budgetary constraints associated with dynamic loading. However, this does not accurately simulate the environment found in the compressor.

The goal of this project is to successfully adapt the existing test rig with dynamic loading while meeting bearing loads of 1900lb at 6 Hertz. Both the dynamic loading actuation and the original test rig should also be fitted with data acquisition sensors for condition monitoring. Additionally, the project is required to stay within an $8,000 budget. The resulting design will add both dynamic loading as well as data acquisition without sacrificing ease of use, safety, or afore mentioned budgetary constraints.

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Project Name
Dynamic Journal Bearing Loading System
Project Number
P15453
Project Family
Dresser-Rand Reciprocating Compressor Projects
Start Term
2141
End Term
2143
Faculty Guide
William Nowak, wjnddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Dr. Jason Kolodziej (RIT)
Scott Delmotte (Dresser-Rand)
Sponsor (financial support)
James Sorokes (Dresser-Rand)

Team Members

Pictured Left to Right: Anthony De Pina, Kevin Burrnett, Molly Mariea, Micheal Bush, Christina Amendola

Pictured Left to Right: Anthony De Pina, Kevin Burrnett, Molly Mariea, Micheal Bush, Christina Amendola

Member Role Contact
Christina Amendola Design Engineer cxa9135@rit.edu
Kevin Burnett Vibrations Engineer kab6138@rit.edu
Micheal Bush Project Manager michaelbush5@gmail.com
Anthony De Pina Fluids Engineer ard5550@rit.edu
Molly Mariea Quality Engineer mam6940@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Build, Test, Document

Publications & Presentations

Acknowledgements


Planning & Execution | Problem Definition | Systems Design | Detailed Design | Build, Test, Document | Publications & Presentations | Photo Gallery