Analysis of water-lubricated journal bearings with multiple axial grooves

B. C. Majumdar, R. Pai, D. J. Hargreaves

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The steady state and dynamic characteristics including whirl instability of water-lubricated journal bearings having three axial grooves are obtained theoretically. The Reynolds equation is solved numerically by the finite difference method satisfying the appropriate boundary conditions. The dynamic behaviour in terms of stiffness and damping coefficients of film and stability are found using a first-order perturbation method. It has been shown that both load capacity and stability improve when smaller groove angles are used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-146
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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