This paper presents a study on the effective evaluation of rotordynamic performance for multiple analysis cases within rotor-bearing system design bounds. The variations in rotordynamic design variables and operating conditions are usually considered in a rotordynamic analysis. This can provide useful information about the current design, potential for modification, and the capability of off-design operation. Typical design bounds of a tilting pad journal bearing are discussed to show the complexity of multiple design cases and a demand for a method to postprocess the analytical results.
Rotordynamic performance is conventionally assessed by examining undamped critical speed maps, damped modes, stability, and unbalance responses. Evaluating rotordynamic performance for multiple cases is a tedious task for both rotordynamicists and reviewers. A new approach is studied to effectively extract, present and evaluate analytical results. A theoretical study shows the analytical results can be synthesized to determine key performance parameters. It is proposed that the amplification factors at critical speeds can be converted to equivalent logarithmic decrements. Based on the two studies, a new rotordynamic performance diagram is created to present damped modes, critical speeds and relevant acceptance criteria. With this informative diagram, one can quickly and effectively evaluate the acceptability and robustness of multiple design cases. This diagram can also convey the trends of key performance parameters, comparisons between cases, and the sensitivities of key performance parameters to design variables more clearly and concisely. This synthesizing approach and the rotordynamic performance diagram may be useful in modifying an existing design, determining a proper off-design operation range, and investigating rotordynamic issues.