Fluid film bearings (FFBs) provide economic wear-free performance when operating in hydrodynamic lubrication regime. In all other operating conditions, except hydrostatic regime, these bearings are subjected to wear. To get wear-free performance even in those conditions, a hybrid (hydrodynamic + rotation magnetized direction (RMD) configured magnetic) bearing has been proposed. The hybrid bearing consists of square magnets to repel the shaft away from the bearing bore. Load-carrying capacities of four configurations of hybrid bearings were determined. The results are presented in this paper. The best configuration of hybrid bearing was developed. A test setup was developed to perform the experiments on the fluid film and hybrid bearings. The wear results of both the bearings under same operating conditions are presented.

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