Theoretical Investigation of Fluid Inertia Effects and Stability of Self-Acting Gas Journal Bearings

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G. Belforte, V. Viktorov

Department of Mechanics, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi, 24-10129 Torino, Italy

T. Raparelli

Department of Energetics, University di L’Aquila, 67040 Roio Poggio-L’Aquila, Italy

J. Tribol 121(4), 836-843 (Oct 01, 1999) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2834143 History: Received July 24, 1998; Revised May 25, 1999; Online January 24, 2008


The journal equation of motion and the complete Reynolds equation of compressible fluid film are numerically solved and a computer program is developed. The formulas are for externally pressurized bearings, but results are shown only for self-acting bearings. For certain cases, the validity of the theoretical results is verified by comparison with the experimental data available from the literature. Through intensive use of the program, journal center trajectories are obtained and effects of fluid inertia are investigated. New stability parameters are presented and stability diagrams are established for bearings with L/D = 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2. The rotor unbalance effects on bearing stability limits are illustrated for several cases.

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