DOI: 10.1115/2001-gt-0025
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Abstract: A novel, high-speed, high temperature, oil-free, foil thrust bearing test rig has been developed with a critical element being a double-acting, active magnetic thrust bearing. The magnetic thrust bearing is used to react against loads applied to the foil thrust bearing under test. The magnetic bearing has the capability of reacting against thrust loads of up to 2224 N (500 pounds) at speeds to 80,000 rpm, while the rotor is supported by foil journal bearings. Two issues that are especially chall…

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