Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India.


The simplified analytical method has developed to analyze the effect of bearing geometrical parameters, i.e. eccentricity ratio, journal rotation speed, slenderness ratio, bearing radial clearance, pad pivot offset and the number of pads on tilting pad journal bearing (TPJB) properties, i.e. fluid film thickness, fluid film forces and fluid film stiffness and damping coefficients of TPJB. Reynolds equation was solved for each pad to determine fluid film pressure on pads. The infinite short bearing assumption used to determine pressure distribution on pads integrated over the pad surface to find fluid film forces. The pressure distribution and fluid film forces validated with previous researches. Error bars presented to indicate accuracy measurement. The maximum error found was not more than 6 percent corresponding to loaded pads. The percentage error found maximum when the eccentricity ratio is 0.25 while it found a minimum when the eccentricity ratio is 0.62. The Matlab code has been developed for the solution of non-linear equations. Results produced in the form of design curves which compares changes in fluid film properties corresponding to TPJB geometric parameters. The results obtained in this manuscript are applicable in other similar researches to find appropriate and limiting values of fluid film properties at different geometrical and parametric conditions. The generated plots and data are helpful in dynamic analysis to find the value of a specific parameter corresponding to a specific value of fluid film coefficient, which makes an easier selection of suitable numerical integration technique and boundary conditions to avoid non-significant results, which save time and effort in the nonlinear analysis.

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Effect of geometrical parameters on fluid film coefficients in tilting pad journal bearing


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