Accession Number:

ADA255767

Title:

Orbit Transfer Vehicle Engine Technology Program Task B-6 High Speed Turbopump Bearings

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 1987-Sep 1989

Corporate Author:

ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL CANOGA PARK CA ROCKETDYNE DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

97.0

Abstract:

Bearing types were evaluated for use on the OTV high pressure fuel pump. The high speed, high load, and long bearing life requirements dictated selection of hydrostatic bearings as the logical candidate for this engine. Design and fabrication of a bearing tester to evaluate these cryogenic hydrostatic bearings was then conducted. Detailed analysis, evaluation of bearing materials, and design of the hydrostatic bearings were completed resulting in fabrication of Carbon P5N and Kentanium hydrostatic bearings. Rotordynamic analyses determined the exact bearing geometry chosen. Instrumentation was evaluated and data acquisition methods were determined for monitoring shaft motion up to speeds in excess of 200,000 RPM in a cryogenic atmosphere. Fabrication of all hardware was completed, but assembly and testing was conducted outside of this contract. Rocket Engine, Hydrostatic, Bearings, Cryogenic, Turbopump, Rotordynamic.

Subject Categories:

  • Machinery and Tools
  • Rocket Engines
  • Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE