Thermohydrodynamic Analysis of Process-Liquid Hydrostatic Journal Bearings in Turbulent Regime, Part I: The Model and Perturbation Analysis

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Zhou Yang

Cummings Engine Company, Inc., Columbus, IN 47201

L. San Andres, D. W. Childs

Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

J. Appl. Mech 62(3), 674-678 (Sep 01, 1995) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895999 History: Received February 11, 1993; Revised April 04, 1994; Online October 30, 2007


A bulk-flow thermohydrodynamic (THD) analysis is developed for prediction of the static and dynamic performance characteristics of turbulent-flow, process-liquid, hydrostatic journal bearings (HJBs). Pointwise evaluation of temperature and hence liquid properties is achieved through the solution of the energy equation in the fluid film with insulated boundaries, and justified for fluid film bearings with external pressurization. Fluid inertia within the film lands and at recess edges is preserved in the analysis. Flow turbulence is accounted through turbulence shear parameters based on friction factors derived from Moody’s formulae. The effects of fluid compressibility and temperature variation in the bearing recesses are included. Numerical solution and results are presented in the second part of this work and compared with some limited experimental data for a liquid hydrogen (LH2 ) bearing.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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