Analysis of Hydrostatic Journal Bearings With End Seals

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L. A. San Andres

Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123

J. Tribol 114(4), 802-811 (Oct 01, 1992) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2920952 History: Received August 30, 1991; Revised May 15, 1992; Online June 05, 2008


An approximate analysis for the pressure field and dynamic force coefficients in turbulent flow, centered hydrostatic journal bearings (HJBs) with fluid inertia and liquid compressibility effects is presented. Results from the analysis show that HJBs with end seals have increased damping, better dynamic stability characteristics, as well as lower flow rates, than conventional HJBs. However, hydrostatic (direct) stiffness may be lost if excessively tight end seals are used. End seals are shown to compensate for the effect of liquid compressibility within the recess volume, and prescribe a net reduction in the whirl frequency ratio for hybrid operation. Hydrostatic squeeze film dampers (HSFD) with end seals are shown to be a viable alternative in applications where a tight control of the bearing leakage is important such as in jet-engines. Furthermore, HSFDs with end seals could be used as an active device to control the available damping in a typical application.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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