Performance Characteristics of Compliant Journal Bearings

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C. R. Lin

Cooper Industries, Oil Tool Division, Houston, Texas 77040

H. G. Rylander

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Texas, Austin, Texas 78712-1063

J. Tribol 113(3), 639-644 (Jul 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920672 History: Received February 13, 1990; Revised June 28, 1990; Online June 05, 2008


This investigation of compliant journal bearings is directed toward the fundamental behavior characteristics which are necessary when compliance is factored into the final design. Analytical determintation of performance characteristics are shown as a function of the bearing flexibility. As the deformation coefficient increases, load capacity decreases, the cavitation angle and friction coefficient increase, attitude angle may increase or decrease, stability is improved for attitude angles less than 0.8, and minimum film thickness will occur near the two sides of the bearing.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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