An analysis is given for the hydrodynamic lubrication of short porous metal bearings that are press-fitted into a solid housing. An exact solution is given for the pressure of the lubricant in the bearing material using modified Bessel functions and the modified Reynolds equation for the problem is solved by the Galerkin method. Numerical results obtained on a digital computer indicate a progressive reduction in the load capacity and increment in the friction parameter and attitude angle as the permeability parameter is increased. These results are presented in graphical and tabular forms. A side result of this analysis is the emergence of a new permeability parameter and its convenience in bearing selection is discussed.

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