A novel active squeeze film journal bearing actuated by high power piezoelectric transducers is developed aiming for non-contact suspension of axial rotating member with active error compensation and active axis positioning. A mathematical model based on acoustic radiation pressure theory is developed to predict the levitation force of the proposed bearing system. The levitation force model is then integrated into the model of the electro-mechanical system to describe the total dynamic behavior of the bearing system. Experimental results are carried out using a prototype system, which show good agreement with the calculation.

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