A previous analysis of dynamic stability for a blocked center inward pumping spiral grooved thrust gas bearing is extended to two other types of similar bearings, namely annular thrust bearings with either inward or outward pumping. Both a numerical small perturbation analysis and an analytical procedure are used, the latter one being based on an approximate shape of the pressure distribution. The analysis provides a critical compressibility number up to which the bearings is unconditionally stable.

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