Finite Element Analysis of Dynamically Loaded Flexible Journal Bearings: A Fast Newton-Raphson Method

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J. D. C. McIvor, D. N. Fenner

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kings College London, London WC2R 2LS England

J. Tribol 111(4), 597-604 (Oct 01, 1989) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3261983 History: Received September 19, 1988; Online October 29, 2009


A fast Newton-Raphson method is presented for the finite element analysis of dynamically loaded flexible journal bearings. The method makes use of 8-node isoparametric elements for the lubrication analysis and 20-node isoparametric elements for the structural analysis. Results are presented for the Ruston and Hornsby 6VEB Mk III marine diesel big-end bearing using this method. The computing time required for this analysis is more than two orders of magnitude less than that previously reported for an elastohydrodynamic bearing analysis using a conventional Newton-Raphson method.

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