Theoretical Pressure Distribution in Journal Bearings

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Kichiye Habata

Satō Agricultural Machine Manufacturing Company, Shimane Prefecture, Japan

J. Appl. Mech 28(4), 497-506 (Dec 01, 1961) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3641774 History: Received December 22, 1960; Online September 16, 2011


By assuming oil viscosity constant, Reynolds’ equation for journal bearings has been solved in a manner similar to Hill’s method. Two approximate solutions using E. O. Waters’ method and Ritz’s method have been added. Numerical computations have been carried out for a centrally supported 120-deg bearing with a unity slenderness ratio. Isobarriers have been determined from the pressure distributions. In order to show a justification for assuming the viscosity constant, the Reynolds equation was solved for the infinitely long bearing with variable viscosity, and the solution compared with that of Sommerfeld.

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