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A novel continuously adjustable hydrodynamic bearing

Martin, Keith and Parkins, David (1998). A novel continuously adjustable hydrodynamic bearing. In: STLE 1998 Annual Meeting, 17th - 21st May, 1998, Detroit, USA.

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A novel form of adjustable fluid film bearing has been devised whereby the hydrodynamic conditions can be changed in a continuously controlled manner during operation. The principle can be applied to conventionally orientated journal bearings, i.e. a shaft rotating within a stationary bearing housing; to inverse orientations, i.e. a rotor on a stationary shaft; and to thrust bearings.

A theoretical model and computerised solution technique were developed in which the fluid film profile, temperature, viscosity and pressure fields were simultaneously solved.

Experiments were conducted on journal bearing versions for which recently developed measurement techniques demonstrated stable operation at zero eccentricity, and the ability to move the rotational centre whilst in operation.

Performance characteristics predicted by the computer model have been demonstrated in practice. The novel bearing has shown significant improvements over conventional designs in tems of stiffness, damping, rotational accuracy, power losses and temperature rise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: Authors
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 26755
Depositing User: Keith Martin
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2011 10:21
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 19:12
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