Application of the flow theory of Laub and Norton  and the stability theory of Licht, Fuller, and Sternlicht  is made to the design of externally pressurized spherical gas bearings. Analytical results are presented in the form of “stability maps” (stability limits) and were confirmed by experimental data. The double-valuedness of stable loading for a constant supply pressure is predicted. The design procedure presented appears to be a dependable method for assuring stable operation of spherical gas bearings.
Issue Section:Research Papers
Topics:Design, Flow (Dynamics), Gas bearings, Stability, Pressure
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