Develop a production process for Air Foil Bearings

Develop a production process for Air Foil Bearings
HBO, WO Almelo - Netherlands Graduation
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Thesis – study: Mechanical Engineering

Aeronamic is developing compressors that run at high speed (200.000+ RPM). Bearings in these systems must be free of oil lubricant. In our Product Development lab, we run self-developed and produced Air foil bearings at high speed. The current process is on a “lab scale” and highly dependent on fine mechanical craftsmanship.

The assignment is to develop an industrialized process to manufacture Air foil bearings, in such a way that it is economic, scalable and delivers predictable high quality. Consider also sub-processes like foil laser cutting, folding and assembly and coating process.