The general governing equations for finite porous journal bearings with compressible lubricants and slip-flow are derived. A mass content rule is developed for infinitely long porous bearings; an exact solution is established for a gas-lubricated porous bearing with very large bearing number consistent with the mass content rule. An analytic-numerical technique which takes advantage of the linearity of the pressure equation in the porous medium is developed to solve the problem for finite values of compressibility. The results approach those for the solid bearing case as the defined poro-slip parameter β becomes very large.

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