Fluid bearing systems and methods
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A fluid bearing includes a housing including an internal plenum disposed in the housing and an inlet in fluid communication with the plenum, wherein the inlet is configured to provide fluid to the plenum from an external source, a cushion surface facing away from the housing and the plenum, one or more nozzles positioned between the cushion surface and the housing, wherein the one or more nozzles extend from the plenum to the surrounding environment, wherein the one or more nozzles are configured to produce an annular curtain of fluid flowing at a velocity of at least Mach 1 and disposed about the cushion surface in response to a fluid flow entering the plenum from the inlet.
Karpetis, Adonios N.; Ellis, Dean W.; Babbat, Yogesh; Benedict, Moble (2019). Fluid bearing systems and methods. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from