Hydrodynamic Thrust Bearings: Theory and Experiment

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A. K. Tieu

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wollongong, N.S.W. 2500 Australia

J. Tribol 113(3), 633-638 (Jul 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920671 History: Received February 28, 1990; Revised June 25, 1990; Online June 05, 2008


In this paper results from experimental studies and computer simulation of hydro-dynamic tilting thrust bearings are presented. The bearing performance in terms of outlet film thickness, friction coefficient, and bearing temperature was measured in a high speed thrust bearing test rig. The numerical simulation involves the solution of the generalized Reynolds equation and the energy equation, which considers thermal effects on the oil viscosity and the squeezing of the oil film.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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