The present study deals with the experimental determination of the performance of a 100 mm diameter plain journal bearing submitted to a misalignment torque. Hydrodynamic pressure and temperature fields in the mid-plane of the bearing, temperatures in two axial directions, oil flow rate, and minimum film thickness, were all measured for various operating conditions and misalignment torques. Tests were carried out for rotational speeds ranging from 1500 to 4000 rpm with a maximum static load of 9000 N and a misalignment torque varying from 0 to 70 N.m. The bearing performances were greatly affected by the misalignment. The maximum pressure in the mid-plane decreased by 20 percent for the largest misalignment torque while the minimum film thickness was reduced by 80 percent. The misalignment caused more significant changes in bearing performance when the rotational speed or load was low. The hydrodynamic effects were then relatively small and the bearing offered less resistance to the misalignment.
An Experimental Analysis of Misalignment Effects on Hydrodynamic Plain Journal Bearing Performances
Contributed by the Tribology Division of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers for presentation at the STLE/ASME Tribology Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 22–24, 2001. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division February 6, 2001; revised manuscript received July 3, 2001. Associate Editor: J. L. Streator.
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Bouyer , J., and Fillon, M. (July 3, 2001). "An Experimental Analysis of Misalignment Effects on Hydrodynamic Plain Journal Bearing Performances ." ASME. J. Tribol. April 2002; 124(2): 313–319. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1402180
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