Static and Dynamic Characteristics of Rolling-Pad Journal Bearings in Super-Laminar Flow Regime

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Makoto Mikami, Mikio Kumagai, Shuetsu Uno

Heavy Apparatus Engineering Laboratory, Toshiba Corporation, Yokohama 230, Japan

Hiromu Hashimoto

Department of Mechanical & Production Engineering, Tokai University, Kanagawa-ken 259-12, Japan

J. Tribol 110(1), 73-79 (Jan 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261578 History: Received February 25, 1987; Online October 29, 2009


Static and dynamic characteristics of load-on-type rolling-pad journal bearings with six pads have been studied theoretically and experimentally by considering the effects of both turbulence and viscous heat generation in the oil film. By concurrently solving a turbulent lubrication equation and an adiabatic energy equation, pressure and temperature distributions, load capacity, and friction force are obtained. Moreover, the linearlized spring and damping coefficients of oil film are calculated under the assumption of small displacements of the journal center. It is found that the load capacity and the friction force considerably increase due to turbulence, and the effects of heat generated under turbulent conditions are more pronounced than those under laminar conditions. Also clarified are that bearing characteristics are improved by preloading the lower-side two pads located before and after the lowest pad, and that the curvature radius of the pad insignificantly affects the characteristics. The experimental results on static characteristics agree well with the theoretical results.

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