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Analysis and simulation of straight-through labyrinth seal in hydrostatic support system

Analysis and simulation of straight-through labyrinth seal in hydrostatic support system The purpose of this paper is to improve the bearing capacity and mechanical properties of the oil pocket.Design/methodology/approachIn this paper, a straight-through labyrinth seal is installed in an oil sealing belt. The main structure of hydrostatic support system (HSS) is introduced, and the factors affecting the leakage loss are analyzed. The governing equations involving the momentum equation and the continuity equation for the land section and groove section are established separately based on the three-control-volume theory. To explain the flow capability of the straight-through labyrinth seal, the labyrinth seal with different clearance widths, groove numbers, groove depths and pressure difference is calculated. The results of the simulation are compared and analyzed.FindingsThe groove dimensions and groove numbers have important impact on the leakage and flow pattern of the seal.Research limitations/implicationsThe fluid flow was simulated by commercial tools executed in the ANSYS Fluent, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver and a steady state scheme with the realizable k-ε turbulence model was applied. The cavity structure of the straight-through labyrinth seal, forming turbulence eddy flows in the groove, which is a valid approach to convert turbulence kinetic energy into thermal energy, reduce leakage mass flow.Practical implicationsThis research can provide the theoretical basis and technical support which is conducive to the practical application of the straight-through labyrinth seal in HSS.Social implicationsA new design structure is proposed to improve the bearing capacity and economic benefit of HSSs.Originality/valueA straight-through labyrinth seal is applied to the oil sealing belt and the three-control-volume governing equation is established. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Lubrication and Tribology Emerald Publishing

Analysis and simulation of straight-through labyrinth seal in hydrostatic support system

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0036-8792
DOI
10.1108/ilt-01-2019-0007
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to improve the bearing capacity and mechanical properties of the oil pocket.Design/methodology/approachIn this paper, a straight-through labyrinth seal is installed in an oil sealing belt. The main structure of hydrostatic support system (HSS) is introduced, and the factors affecting the leakage loss are analyzed. The governing equations involving the momentum equation and the continuity equation for the land section and groove section are established separately based on the three-control-volume theory. To explain the flow capability of the straight-through labyrinth seal, the labyrinth seal with different clearance widths, groove numbers, groove depths and pressure difference is calculated. The results of the simulation are compared and analyzed.FindingsThe groove dimensions and groove numbers have important impact on the leakage and flow pattern of the seal.Research limitations/implicationsThe fluid flow was simulated by commercial tools executed in the ANSYS Fluent, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver and a steady state scheme with the realizable k-ε turbulence model was applied. The cavity structure of the straight-through labyrinth seal, forming turbulence eddy flows in the groove, which is a valid approach to convert turbulence kinetic energy into thermal energy, reduce leakage mass flow.Practical implicationsThis research can provide the theoretical basis and technical support which is conducive to the practical application of the straight-through labyrinth seal in HSS.Social implicationsA new design structure is proposed to improve the bearing capacity and economic benefit of HSSs.Originality/valueA straight-through labyrinth seal is applied to the oil sealing belt and the three-control-volume governing equation is established.

Journal

Industrial Lubrication and TribologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 22, 2019

Keywords: Fluent simulation; Hydrostatic support system; Straight-through labyrinth seal; Three-control-volume

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