In some specialized applications, plain circular bearing is mostly replaced by some other bearings, as plain bearing does not suit the stability requirements of high-speed machines and precision machine tools. Grooved circular bearings and multi-lobe bearings with two lobes, three lobes and four lobes are commonly used. The present work gives insight into nonlinear transient analysis of multi lobe journal bearing systems. An attempt has been made to evaluate the critical mass parameter (a measure of stability) for various values of aspect ratios besides finding out the steady state characteristics of multilobe journal bearings (two grooved, two lobe, three lobe and four lobe) such as load bearing capacity, Sommerfeld number and attitude angle At moderate and heavy load conditions (Sommerfeld number from 0.1 to 0.3), four-lobe bearing is most stable. Three-lobe bearing is the best in the range of Sommerfeld number from 0.3 to 0.8. Two-lobe bearing is found to be more stable than other bearings beyond this range.

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