Fundamentals of Fluid Film Journal Bearing Operation and Modeling
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Tutorial 14: Widely used in turbomachinery, the fluid film journal bearing is critical to a machine’s overall reliability level. Their design complexity and application severity continue to increase making it challenging for the plant machinery engineer to evaluate their reliability. This tutorial provides practical knowledge on their basic operation and what physical effects should be included in modeling a bearing to help ensure its reliable operation in the field. All the important theoretical aspects of journal bearing modeling, such as film pressure, film and pad temperatures, thermal and mechanical deformations and turbulent flow are reviewed. Through some examples, the tutorial explores how different effects influence key performance characteristics like minimum film thickness, Babbitt temperature as well as stiffness and damping coefficients. Due to their increasing popularity, the operation and analysis of advanced designs using directed lubrication principles, such as inlet grooves and associated starvation issues, are also examined with several examples including comparisons to manufacturers’ test data.
He, Minhui; Cloud, C. Hunter; Byrne, James M.; Vázquez, Jose A. (2016). Fundamentals of Fluid Film Journal Bearing Operation and Modeling. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from