The working characteristics of a finite width slider bearing lubricated by a non-Newtonian fluid are computed. The analysis proposed here allows its performances to be evaluated by means of a pocket calculator. For that purpose, a computer code based on a finite element method is used. The program runs for different values of pertinent kinematical, geometrical and rheological parameters. The corresponding results are fitted by means of adequate analytical formulas, which are very easy to handle. The accuracy of these empirical formulas is investigated in several typical cases. The agreement with the numerical solution is proven to be satisfactory.

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