An interdisciplinary systems analysis is presented for high-speed gas turbine engine mainshaft roller bearings which will enable the designer to meet the demands for ever higher rotative speeds and operating temperatures. The latest elastohydrodynamic experimental traction data are included. Analytical results cite a need for better definition of the rolling friction portion of the total traction. A fluid mechanics model for the detailed analysis of fluid drags is developed based upon a turbulent vortex-dominated flow and includes the effect of lubricant flow through the bearing. A complete thermal analysis including dynamic and thermal effects upon bearing dimensions and resulting clearances is also included. Heat transfer coefficients are given in detail. Shaft power loss and cage slip predictions as a function of load, speed, and lubricant supply correlate well with available experimental data.

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