This paper proposes a method to calculate the stiffness and the damping coefficients of the coupled journal and thrust bearings. Reynolds equations and their perturbation equations of journal and thrust bearings are transformed to the finite element equations by considering the continuity of pressure and flow at the interface between the journal and the thrust bearings. It also includes the Reynolds boundary condition in the numerical analysis to simulate the cavitation phenomenon. The stiffness and damping coefficients of the proposed mathematical method are compared with those of the numerical differentiation of the bearing force with respect to finite displacements and finite velocities of bearing center. It shows that the proposed method can calculate the dynamic coefficients of a coupled journal and thrust bearing more numerically stable and computationally efficient than the differentiation method. It also investigates the coupling effect of the coupled journal and thrust bearing and it shows that the proposed method makes it possible to calculate the cross-coupled dynamic coefficients in the radial-axial direction of the coupled journal and thrust bearing.

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