Experimental quantification of contact forces with impact, friction and uncertainty analysis

Said Lahriri, Ilmar Santos

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During rotor-stator contact dry friction plays a significant role in terms of reversing the rotor precession. The frictional force causes an increase in the rotor's tangential velocity in the direction opposite to that of the angular velocity. This effect is crucial for defining ranges of dry whip and whirl motions in rotor-stator contact investigations. Dry friction coefficient is therefore estimated using two different experimental setups: (a) standard pin-on-disk tests and (b) rotor impact test rig fully instrumented. The findings in both setups indicate that the dry friction coefficient for brass-aluminum configuration significantly varies in a range of 0.16-0.83. The rotor enters a full annular contact mode shortly after two impacts with a contact duration of approximately 0.004 s at each location. It is experimentally demonstrated that the friction force is not present when the rotor enters a full annular backward motion. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTribology International
Pages (from-to)93-104
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Rotors (windings)
  • Stators
  • Tribology
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Friction
  • Contact dynamics
  • Dry friction
  • Pin-on-disk test
  • Impact test


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