Adiabatic Approximate Solution for Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Turbulent Partial Journal Bearings With Surface Roughness

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H. Hashimoto

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokai University, 1117 Kitakaname, Kanagawa 259-12, Japan

M. Mongkolwongrojn

Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Ladkrabang, Bangkok 10520, Thailand

J. Tribol 116(4), 672-680 (Oct 01, 1994) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2927315 History: Received February 26, 1992; Revised June 03, 1993; Online June 05, 2008


Hydrodynamic bearings are generally used for a long term, so the bearing surfaces may be roughened for many reasons such as wear, impulsive damage, foreign particles, cavitation erosion, rust, and so on. Under the turbulent operating conditions of high speed bearings, the surface roughness may result in considerable increase in both film pressure and temperature. This paper describes an adiabatic approximate solution for the static and dynamic characteristics of 180 deg partial journal bearings with homogeneous surface roughness. Applying the modified lubrication equation and energy equation, considering the combined effects of turbulence and surface roughness, to the finite width 180 deg partial journal bearings, the static and dynamic characteristics such as pressure and temperature distributions, Sommerfeld number, attitude angle, spring and damping coefficients and whirl onset velocity are obtained numerically. In the numerical analysis of the temperature distribution, adiabatic boundary conditions are assumed and then the heat transfer effect to the journal and bearing-bush surfaces is omitted. The numerical results are indicated in graphic form for various relative roughness under the mean Reynolds number of Re = 5000 and 10,000. Moreover, some numerical results of static characteristics are compared with the experimental results.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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