In the present paper, we suggest a new type of tilting pad journal bearing to decrease oil film temperature and eliminate pad fluttering during operation. This bearing consists of tilting pad journal bearing at low casing and fixed arc type journal bearing at upper casing. Namely we changed a tilting pad bearing with a fixed arc type bearing at upper casing. To investigate the effects of changing the bearing shape, the static and dynamic characteristics were compared experimentally with conventional tilting pad journal bearing. For the static characteristics, oil film temperature, hydrodynamic pressure and oil film thickness were measured with the variation of rotating speed, bearing load and oil flow rate. The stiffness and damping coefficients of oil film were also obtained using the response subjected to harmonic external force to evaluating the dynamic characteristics. The results show that the suggested type of bearing has effect on reducing oil film temperature and increasing stiffness and damping coefficients of oil film.

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