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High Speed Rotating Machinery

The next generation of rotating equipment requires no oil lubrication. Operating costs are reduced in these ways:

  • Reduction in frictional losses from bearings increases the energy conversion efficiency
  • Elimination of the auxiliary lubrication system, with its pumps, filters, coolers, tanks, valves, instrumentation, controls, and piping, reduces the maintenance requirements
  • Elimination of the components of the auxiliary lubrication system increases the reliability of the system, which in turn reduces downtime

Additionally, there are environmental and safety advantages for eliminating oil, including:

  • Reduction in hazards to personnel by eliminating the handling, storage, and disposal of toxic lubricants
  • Elimination of environmental threats due to unintentional spills and leaks of lubricants
  • Elimination of the possibility of an oil-fueled fire

At Radiant Physics, we have extensive expertise in developing high speed machinery that use advanced bearings and high speed electric machines. Our technical capabilities include the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical design
  • Advanced bearing technologies
  • Rotordynamic analysis
  • Preliminary aerodynamic analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Motor and drives
  • Thermodynamic cycle analysis

We work with OEMs to develop the next generation of rotating machinery. A typical project would entail the following steps:

  • Concept development and trade studies
  • Preliminary and detailed design
  • Fabrication
  • Demonstration and Testing
  • Final Assessment

Some of our recent activities include:

  • The development of a refrigerant compressor using pressurized gas bearings
  • The assessment of an oil-free air compressor using pressurized gas bearings

Contact us to learn more about we can help you develop new rotating machinery utilizing the most advanced technology.