The Effect of Journal Misalignment on the Operation of a Turbulent Flow Hydrostatic Bearing

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Luis San Andres

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

J. Tribol 115(3), 355-363 (Jul 01, 1993) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2921643 History: Received February 07, 1992; Revised November 17, 1992; Online June 05, 2008


An analysis for calculation of the dynamic force and moment response in turbulent flow, orifice compensated hydrostatic journal bearings is presented. The fully developed flow of a barotropic liquid is described by variable properties, bulk-flow equations and local turbulent friction factors based on bearing surface condition. Bearing load and moments and, dynamic force and moment coefficients are calculated for perturbations in journal center displacements and misaligned journal axis rotations. Numerical results for the effect of static misalignment angles in the plane of the eccentricity vector are presented for a water lubricated hydrostatic bearing. The predictions show that journal axis misalignment causes a reduction in load capacity due to loss in film thickness, increases the flow rate and produces significant restoring moments (couples). Force and moment coefficients due to dynamic journal axis rotations are also discussed.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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