Step bearings are frequently used in industry for better load capacity. Analytical solutions to the Rayleigh step bearing and a rectangular slider with a finite width are available in literature, but none for a fan-shaped thrust step bearing. This study starts with a known solution to the Laplace equation in a cylindrical coordinate system, which is in the form of infinite summation. An analytical solution to pressure is derived in this paper for hydrodynamic lubrication problems encountered in the fan-shaped step bearing. The presented solutions can be useful for designers to maximize bearing performance as well as for researchers to benchmark numerical lubrication models.

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