Effect of turbulence on the static performance of a misaligned externally adjustable fluid film bearing lubricated with couple stress fluids

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Static analysis of a misaligned externally adjustable fluid-film bearing is carried out thereby including turbulence and couple-stress effects in lubricants blended with polymer additives. A modified form of Reynolds equation, incorporated with the theory of micro-continuum and the concept of adjustability, is solved numerically, for various simulated operating conditions. The effects of turbulence and couple-stress on key performance parameters are presented. This study predicts that, an externally adjustable fluid-film journal bearing operating with negative adjustment configuration and lubricants with couple-stress, results in superior load carrying capacity with reduced friction and end leakage, as compared to a conventional partial arc bearing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1774-1781
Number of pages8
JournalTribology International
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 11-2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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