A rigorous thermohydrodynamic (THD) analysis of finite journal bearings has been developed. THD analysis not only allows a more accurate prediction of the bearing performance characteristics, but it also provides the temperature distribution in the bearing. It involves the simultaneous solution of the Reynolds and energy equations and can handle a wide variety of flow situations, including reverse flow, recirculating flow, and cavitation. The overall numerical scheme is based on a fully conservative finite-volume formulation. The calculated results are compared with the published literature. The qualitative agreement is good. Sample calculations for a typical automotive bearing show that the oil supply pressure and supply configuration significantly affect the bearing performance.

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