The Convergence and Advantages of a Series Solution for Finite Hydrodynamic Bearings

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A. E. Curzon

Physics Department and Energy Research Institute, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., CANADA V5A 1S6

J. Tribol 108(1), 70-72 (Jan 01, 1986) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261146 History: Received December 17, 1984; Online October 29, 2009


A series solution is available for the load capacity of a finite, rectangular, hydrodynamic bearing whose lubrication film is curved in one direction. It is shown that the even terms and the odd terms both converge uniformly. A given odd term is larger than the preceding even term so that errors due to truncation of the series are best estimated from the last odd term included in a partial sum. Advantages of the series solution over the standard two-dimensional numerical method are pointed out. They include smaller discretization errors, smaller computer storage requirements and less computer time.

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