A closed-form pressure distribution, using a combination of short- and long-bearing approximations, is proposed for dynamically loaded journal bearings. The angles for start and finish of positive pressure curve are determined employing simple analytical equations. The mobility method, based on the suggested pressure distribution is easy to use, predicts results of acceptable accuracy and the execution time is comparable to that required for the short bearing approximation. This paper also provides a conceptually simple analytical method for evaluating angular location of the instantaneous maximum pressure using proposed closed form pressure distribution. Simple algebraic equations are derived to obtain the instantaneous maximum pressure in dynamically loaded bearings directly, without involving any iteration. To illustrate the validity of present study, a connecting rod big end bearing and two crankshaft main bearings are analyzed. The mobility components, minimum film thickness and maximum pressure are plotted over a load cycle and compared with established analytical and curve fit methods. The results are also compared with those obtained using finite element method.

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