This work investigates the influence of hydrodynamic thrust bearings on the lateral rotor oscillations. Four thrust bearing models are compared in terms of their predictions of the oil-film pressure (Reynolds equation), the oil-film temperature (energy equation) and the load capacity. A detailed thrust bearing model using the generalized Reynolds equation and the 3D energy equation, a model using the standard Reynolds equation with a 2D energy equation, a model where the standard Reynolds equation and the 2D energy equation are decoupled and finally an isothermal thrust bearing model are presented. It is shown that in lower rotational speeds, the four models produce almost the same results. However, as the rotational speed is increased, the necessity for a thermo-hydrodynamic model is demonstrated. Run-up simulations of a turbocharger rotor/bearing system are performed, using an isothermal thrust bearing model with different inlet oil-temperatures. The influence of the oil-temperature of the thrust bearing on the subsynchronous rotor oscillations is investigated. Finally, a thermo-hydrodynamic model is compared with an isothermal in run-up simulations, where the influence of the variable oil-viscosity is discussed.

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