Modeling and analysis of the static characteristics and dynamic responses of herringbone-grooved thrust bearings

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This paper describes a theoretical investigation of static and dynamic characteristics of herringbone-grooved air thrust bearings. Firstly, Finite Difference Method (FDM) and Finite Volume Method (FVM) are used in combination to solve the non-linear Reynolds equation and to find the pressure distribution of the film and the total loading capacity of the bearing. The influence of design parameters on air film gap characteristics, including the air film thickness, depth of the groove and rotating speed, are analyzed based on the FDM model. The simulation results show that hydrostatic thrust bearings can achieve a better load capacity with less air consumption than herringbone grooved thrust bearings at low compressibility number; herringbone grooved thrust bearings can achieve a higher load capacity but with more air consumption than hydrostatic thrust bearing at high compressibility number; herringbone grooved thrust bearings would lose stability at high rotating speeds, and the stability increases with the depth of the grooves.


Original languageEnglish
Article number012006
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017
Event3rd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Automation Science, ICMEAS 2017 - University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 201715 Oct 2017