An aerostatic bearing has been designed for supporting a heavy payload. The bearing involves an axial gap on the stator top that provides an upward lift, a bottom gap for counterbalancing the tendency of large lift-off, and a feeding orifice at the bearing inlet that is connected with the gaps by a network of holes or inherences yielding the damping. Notable contributions of the work are proving the concept by numerical simulation through first-principle order-separated modeling and evolving a simple solution strategy. The predicted vertical motion dynamics of the payload reveals that, depending on the target range of the payload weight, alternatives could be free or choked orifice designs.
Designing Aerostatic Bearing With Counterbalancing Gaps for Lifting a Heavy Payload
Contributed by the Tribology Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received July 4, 2013; final manuscript received February 9, 2014; published online March 25, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Daniel Nélias.
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Mondal, N., Saha, R., and Sanyal, D. (March 25, 2014). "Designing Aerostatic Bearing With Counterbalancing Gaps for Lifting a Heavy Payload." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2014; 136(3): 031701. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026887
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