Institute for Aerospace Technology

AORBIT Project

AORBIT Orbiting Journal Bearing Rig Test

AOrbit will design, build and operate a test rig for journal bearings and process the data obtained to provide the most useful information possible to support the development of suitable bearing systems for high-performance, high-reliability and low-weight speed reduction gearboxes for ultra-high bypass ratio aero-engines of the future. Our overarching aim is to meet this requirement and additionally to propose engineering refinements where appropriate to enhance the development of such journal bearings for the context in light of lessons emerging from the experimentation.

AOrbit will deliver a facility for the operation of a journal bearing in conditions, which are representative of a Power Gear Box (PGB) in a future large civil geared turbofan aeroengine.

For more information about the AORBIT project please contact:

Professor Seamus Garvey
Project PI


This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 738176.
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