An Experimental Investigation of a Tilting-Pad, Compliant-Surface, Thrust Bearing

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Glenn K. Rightmire, Vittorio Castelli, Dudley D. Fuller

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

J. of Lubrication Tech 98(1), 95-110 (Jan 01, 1976) (16 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3452789 History: Received July 07, 1975; Online October 20, 2010


Results are provided for an investigation of a compliant-surface, tilting-shoe bearing, when operating in oil. Two values of elastomer durometer were used on shoes as well as seven different pivot locations. The investigation included measurements of lubricant film pressure fields and film-thickness profiles under the shoes during operation. Friction and overall stiffness were also recorded for a typical range of speeds, loads, and pivot positions.

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