On the Thermal Effects in the Design of Tilting-Pad Bearings Subjected to Inlet Pressure Build-Up

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K. W. Kim, C. M. Rodkiewicz

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G8

J. Tribol 113(3), 526-532 (Jul 01, 1991) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920655 History: Received September 06, 1989; Revised November 12, 1990; Online June 05, 2008


The presented analytical consideration of tilting-pad bearings incorporates simultaneously the changes in viscosity (due to viscous dissipation) and in the nonambient inlet pressure (due to momentum depletion within the fore-region). The solution provides the following quantities: film temperature distributions, pressure distribution, maximum temperature of the pad, load capacity, friction force, coordinate of the center of pressure, and coordinate of the pivot point. Comparison with the case when the inlet pressure is assumed to be ambient indicates the significance of the pressure build-up in the fore-region.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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