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Influence of Geometry and Deformation on the Performance of Profiled Hydrosatic Thrust Bearings

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Jianpeng Feng, Harish Cherukuri, Robert E. Johnson

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Noah Manring

University of Missouri at Columbia, Columbia, MO

Paper No. IMECE2003-43271, pp. 73-79; 7 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluid Power Systems and Technology
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3717-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


In a previous study, the authors investigated the effect of various thrust bearing profiles on the bearing performance and concluded that bearing performance is significantly influenced by the deformations resulting from lubrication film pressure. In the present work, results from a recent study on the effect of the interaction between the ball-joint and bearing on bearing deforma tion and hence, on bearing performance are reported. The motivation behind the study is to investigate the impact of raising or lowering the contact area between the ball-joint and bearing surface on bearing performance as this has the effect of influenceing the bearing deformation. Several designs involving various geometries of the bearing that affect the contact area are considered. The coupled fluid-solids problem is solved by using an iterative technique where the fluid problem is solved using the lubrication theory and the bearing deformation is analyzed by using the commercial FEA software ABAQUS standard. Results from the numerical simulations are compared with experimental results for the standard design of the bearing. The effect of varying the pocket width on the load carrying capacity of the bearing is also investigated.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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