Design Charts for Optimum Bearing Configurations: 2—The Pivoted-Pad Thrust Bearing

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R. Bosma, H. Moes

Lubrication and Wear Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Twente University of Technology, Enschede, The Netherlands

J. of Lubrication Tech 92(4), 572-577 (Oct 01, 1970) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3451478 History: Received March 03, 1970; Online October 18, 2010


As a followup to an earlier paper in which a new type of design chart for full journal bearings was given a complete set of design charts for pivoted-pad thrust bearings (Michell bearings) shall now be presented. The dimensionless groups of parameters representing minimum film thickness and bearing traction for one single pad, respectively, have been plotted in a new design chart. Some illustrative examples demonstrating how to use the chart for optimization of pivoted-pad thrust bearings have been included. Some attention has also been paid to the stiffness of the film of lubricant. A design chart for film stiffness has been added to this purpose.

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