Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-01-4140

Two Dimensional Analytical Analysis of Fluid Film Thickness on Pivoting Tilting Pad Bearings 2007-01-4140

Tilting pad bearings are designed by hydrodynamic principles and have been utilized in applications carrying shaft thrust or radial loads in many mechanisms for decades. The object of this paper is to derive the optimized pivoting positions in the radial and circumferential directions of tilting pad thrust and radial bearings and to calculate minimum fuel film thickness for a given running condition of velocity, temperature, viscosity, bearing geometry, and loading forces. The Reynolds equation derived on the tilting pad bearing fluid model is simplified into a one dimensional equation and applied in two dimensions to solve for the minimum fluid film thickness from pressure distribution in the load-carrying analysis.


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