Measurements of Static Loading Versus Eccentricity in a Flexure-Pivot Tilting Pad Journal Bearing

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Nick V. Walton, Luis San Andres

Rotordynamics Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123

J. Tribol 119(2), 297-304 (Apr 01, 1997) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2833205 History: Received January 31, 1996; Revised June 22, 1996; Online January 24, 2008


An experimental investigation examining the static loading characteristics of a four-pad, flexure-pivot tilting pad bearing is presented. Tests are conducted on a Fluid Film Bearing Element Test Rig for journal speeds ranging from 1800 to 4500 rpm, and applied static loads between pads to 1400 N. Results obtained from measurements of bearing eccentricities and bearing pad temperatures were compared to numerical predictions. Bearing power losses were also estimated using a simple thermal model for the bearing assembly. Comparisons between theory and experimental results indicate good correlation for measured eccentricities over the tested range of applied static loads and journal speeds. Negligible displacements in the direction orthogonal to the applied load verified the expected behavior of the test bearing over the range of operating conditions. Thermal analysis of the hearing system lead to good prediction of the bearing power losses, and indicated that the majority of the mechanical energy is transferred via convection.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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