A thermohydrodynamic (THD) analysis of a fully circumferentially grooved hydrodynamic bearing is presented. The pressure distribution is obtained using the short bearing approximation taking into account the viscosity variation in the radial and circumferential coordinates. The axial temperature variation is also included by an axial averaging technique, which incorporates the supply pressure and film entry temperature in the energy equation. It is found that the determination of the lubricant temperature at the entry to the film plays an important role in the overall temperature distribution in the bearing. A simplified approach for determining this temperature is presented. An extensive set of experimental results performed by Maki and Ezzat (1980, ASME J. Lubr. Technol., 102, pp. 8–14) is used for validation purposes. The results show that mixing in the inlet groove may cause the film entry temperature to be significantly different from the nominal supply temperature and hence have a significant influence on the bearing temperature.
Influence of Inlet Conditions on the Thermohydrodynamic State of a Fully Circumferentially Grooved Journal Bearing
Contributed by the Tribology Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for presentation at the STLE/ASME Tribology Conference, Seattle, WA, October 1–4. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division Feb. 15, 2000; revised manuscript received July 6, 2000. Paper No. 2000-TRIB-30. Associate Editor: L. San Andres.
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Keogh, P. S., and Khonsari, M. M. (July 6, 2000). "Influence of Inlet Conditions on the Thermohydrodynamic State of a Fully Circumferentially Grooved Journal Bearing ." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2001; 123(3): 525–532. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1308029
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