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Hydrodynamic performance of a thrust bearing with micropatterned pads
Luleå University of Technology, Division of Machine Elements.
2005 (English)In: Tribology Transactions, ISSN 1040-2004, Vol. 48, no 4, 492-498 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary objective of this study was to investigate the influence of surface texturing on hydrodynamic lubrication of tilting-pad thrust bearings in terms of bearing power loss, operating temperature, and oil-film thickness. For this purpose, the working faces of six thrust pads from a 228.6-mm-outer-diameter bearing were textured. The textured surface consisted of a system of crossing channels of less than 10 Όm in depth. Tests were conducted with a VG68 mineral turbine oil supplied to the bearings at a constant temperature of 50°C and flow rate of 15 L/min. The following parameters were measured: frictional torque, pad and collar temperatures, oil-film thickness, and pressure profiles along two circumferential lines. No significant change in collar and pad temperature could be observed when the patterned bearing was used. However, the textured bearing showed a tendency to exhibit lower power loss especially when an optimum oil flow supply rate was used. At the same time, inlet and outlet film thicknessesfor the patterned bearing showed larger values than those obtained during tests on the plain babbitt pads.

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2005. Vol. 48, no 4, 492-498 p.
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surface texturing, tilting-pad thrust bearing, temperature, oil-film thickness, power loss
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-81205DOI: 10.1080/05698190500313486ISI: 000234536400008OAI: diva2:497264
QC 20120229Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-02-29Bibliographically approved

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