P16453: Loading, Measurement, Control, and Test of a Journal Bearing Test Platform
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Journal bearings are often utilized due to their tolerance to wear, as they permit little to no surface-to-surface contact. A testing rig for one application of these bearings, utilized in a Dresser-Rand single stage compressor (ESH-1), was designed and installed at RIT in order to improve collaboration and relations between RIT and Dresser-Rand. This compressor uses a journal bearing, which takes several hours to remove and troubleshoot if any problems arise. This testing rig has been in progress since 2013, but there are still some design flaws that need to be addressed. The largest of these flaws is backlash from the motor controllers, which allows the actuator to come away from the bearing, effectively diminishing the reliability of following any prescribed load profile. There are also some modifications that need to be made, including additional measurement parameters, as well as diminishing the error within current measurements. The goal of this project is to improve and complete the testing rig. This includes installing and fixing the displacement measurements that are able to follow the load profile. The rig must also be capable of sensing vibration, oil flow, shaft eccentricity, and clearance. National Instruments' LabVIEW is to be used for the data collection and actuation of the motor controllers. Three journal bearings of different configurations will be designed to be used as test articles in the rig. This must be completed on a $5000 budget, and the resulting design must be consistent with the predetermined load profile in two dimensions similar to that of the ESH-1.

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Project Name
Loading, Measurement, Control, and Test of a Journal Bearing Test Platform
Project Number
P16453
Start Term
2151
End Term
2152
Faculty Guide
Jason Kolodziej/Bill Nowak
Primary Customer
Jason Kolodziej
Sponsor (financial support)
James Sorokes (Dresser-Rand)

Team Members

From Left to Right: John Dolan, Shay Stanistreet, Anthony Miuccio, Kris Kidder

From Left to Right: John Dolan, Shay Stanistreet, Anthony Miuccio, Kris Kidder

Member Role Contact
Kris Kidder Project Manager kmk2168@rit.edu
John Dolan Lead Engineer jjd7281@rit.edu
Shay Stanistreet Communications sjs7379@rit.edu
Anthony Miuccio Facilitator/Purchasing ajm3483@rit.edu

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MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Project Management

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Project Readiness Package

Progress Reports

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Progress Reports

Paper & Poster

Acknowledgements

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