Rayleigh Step Journal Bearing: Part 1—Compressible Fluid

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B. J. Hamrock

Research Department, Northrop Nortronics, Norwood, Mass.

J. of Lubrication Tech 90(1), 271-280 (Jan 01, 1968) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3601546 History: Received June 30, 1967; Online August 23, 2011


A linearized PH solution to the Reynolds equation was obtained while neglecting side leakage. The analysis was divided into two parts—the step and ridge regions. The pressure profile across the step and ridge region of the various pads which are placed around the journal was obtained from the linearized PH Reynolds equation. Knowing the pressure, the load components and attitude angle were calculated. The resulting equations were found to be a function of the bearing parameters (the eccentricity and compressibility number) and the step parameters (ratio of the stepped clearance to the ridge clearance, ratio of the angle extended by the ridge to the angle extended by the pad, and number of pads placed around the journal). The maximum load capacity can be determined by numerically differentiating the load with respect to the step bearing parameters while finding where the slope is zero. A series of data was run while varying the bearing parameters. The attitude angle was calculated for the various cases which were run.

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