Starting with the Reynolds equation for finite bearings, a complete set of solutions for various combinations of the parameters α, μ, and L/D was obtained. These data were then used to obtain solutions for bearing operation in which the load vector is located at any arbitrary position with respect to the two oil grooves of a journal bearing. Plotted as functions of the load angle ψ are values for eccentricity, power loss, and oil flow. The plots also provide means of selecting an optimum load angle ψ to obtain highest load capacity, maximum lubricant flow, and least power loss.

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