The behavior of the hydrodynamic journal bearings is now very well known because of the many experimental and numerical studies that have been carried out on the topic. This interest in two-lobe journal bearings is due to the fact that their simplicity, efficiency and low cost have led them to being widely used in industry. These mechanical components tend to be subjected to numerous start-ups and stops. During transient periods, direct contact between the journal and bearing induces high friction in the lubricated contact and hence wear of the lining. The aim of this work is, firstly, to present experimental data obtained on a journal lobed bearing subjected to numerous starts and stops. Then, a comparison is made between the measured bearing performance and numerical results, these being obtained on the assumption that the regime is a thermohydrodynamic (THD) one. The wear after more than 2,000 cycles was measured and used to generate numerical simulations. The aim here was to compare experimental data with theoretical results. It was observed that hydrodynamic pressure increases, whereas the temperature at the film/bush interface slightly decreases on both the upper and lower lobes. These trends are confirmed by the numerical simulations, theoretical results being very close to experimental data. The final value for wear was measured, the maximum being found to be located at an angular coordinate of 180° and reaching nearly 9 μm. The present study demonstrates that, for the case studied, while the bearing behavior is clearly affected by wear, the bearing still remains useable and safe.

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