In high-speed machining there are a number of applications in which the spindle is supported by air bearings. This type of bearings has very low friction and wear, resulting in virtually unlimited life. If the system is designed correctly the radial stiffness on the tool is comparable to that of ceramic ball bearings. A mathematical model of rotor-air bearing system and experimental work on high-speed spindle for machining applications are presented. The model is numerically solved paying special attention to boundary condition of supply ports. The discharge coefficient cd is considered on the basis of experimental findings. The influence of clearance and supply port diameter is discussed for radial bearings and axial thrust bearings. The aim is to find an optimum solution representing the compromise between high stiffness, supply flow and stability. The prototype of a high-speed electrospindle running on air bearings is described. The rotor, 50 mm in dia. and weighing 7 kg, is designed for 100 krpm. The spindle is driven by a high frequency asynchronous motor featuring closed loop speed control. Experimental stiffness curves are shown at different supply pressure ratings.

High-speed electrospindle running on air bearings: Design and experimental verification / Belforte, Guido; Colombo, Federico; Raparelli, Terenziano; Trivella, Andrea; Viktorov, Vladimir. - In: MECCANICA. - ISSN 0025-6455. - 43:(2008), pp. 591-600. [10.1007/s11012-008-9135-5]

High-speed electrospindle running on air bearings: Design and experimental verification

BELFORTE, GUIDO;COLOMBO, FEDERICO;RAPARELLI, TERENZIANO;TRIVELLA, ANDREA;VIKTOROV, VLADIMIR
2008

Abstract

In high-speed machining there are a number of applications in which the spindle is supported by air bearings. This type of bearings has very low friction and wear, resulting in virtually unlimited life. If the system is designed correctly the radial stiffness on the tool is comparable to that of ceramic ball bearings. A mathematical model of rotor-air bearing system and experimental work on high-speed spindle for machining applications are presented. The model is numerically solved paying special attention to boundary condition of supply ports. The discharge coefficient cd is considered on the basis of experimental findings. The influence of clearance and supply port diameter is discussed for radial bearings and axial thrust bearings. The aim is to find an optimum solution representing the compromise between high stiffness, supply flow and stability. The prototype of a high-speed electrospindle running on air bearings is described. The rotor, 50 mm in dia. and weighing 7 kg, is designed for 100 krpm. The spindle is driven by a high frequency asynchronous motor featuring closed loop speed control. Experimental stiffness curves are shown at different supply pressure ratings.
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