Prediction of thermal growth in a high-speed spindle by considering thermo-mechanical behavior

Yüksel, Esra and Budak, Erhan and Özlü, Emre and Oral, Ahmet and İğrek, Fatih and Tosun, Fulya (2021) Prediction of thermal growth in a high-speed spindle by considering thermo-mechanical behavior. MM Science Journal, 2021 . pp. 4526-4533. ISSN 1803-1269 (Print) 1805-0476 (Online)

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Continuous rotation of spindle bearings and motor cause thermally induced structural deformations and thermal growth, which is one of the main reasons for machining errors. A positive feedback loop between bearing preload and heat generation causes preload variations in spindle bearings. These preload variations demonstrate a nonlinear transient behavior until the gradual expansion of outer bearing rings after which the thermally induced preload variation behaves steadily. In this study, a Finite Element (FE) framework is presented for predicting steady preload variation on spindle bearings. The method involves a thermal loading model and a transient contact analysis. In the contact analysis phase bearing contact deformations (penetration and sliding) and pressure are predicted by considering contact algorithms in an FE software. A transient spindle simulation in FE is employed to predict the bearing temperature and thermal spindle growth by using the proposed method. The performance of the method is demonstrated on a spindle prototype through bearing temperature and thermal deformation measurements. Results show that the proposed method can be a useful tool for spindle design and improvements due to its promising results and speed without the need for tests.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bearing Preload; Contact; Spindle; Thermal
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ241-254.7 Machine construction (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences > Academic programs > Mechatronics
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Depositing User: Erhan Budak
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2021 00:20
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2022 13:29

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