In order to make clear the characteristics of externally pressurized gas bearings, several mathematical flow-models are constructed by making proper chains of fundamental and elemental flow-patterns and pressure changes for circular thrust bearings with single central supply hole. The suggested flow-models, which are the combination of rather simple elements to make the mathematical analysis easy, are quite effective to explain the pressure distributions, the load capacity, and the rate of flow observed experimentally over wide operating conditions. And also, these flow-models make it possible to understand the effects of the inherent compensation, the so-called restrictions in series and the occurrence of shock wave.

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