Stability of four-axial and six-axial grooved water-lubricated journal bearings under dynamic load

Rammohan S. Pai, R. Pai

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The non-linear transient analysis of water-lubricated journal bearings having four-axial and six-axial grooves is studied theoretically. The time-dependent form of the generalized Reynolds equation has been written as the governing equation in non-dimensional form. The Reynolds equation is solved by a finite-difference technique with a successive over-relaxation scheme, satisfying the Jakobsson-Floberg-Olsson boundary conditions. A non-linear time-transient analysis is carried out and the stability of journal is studied. The equations of motion are solved by the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method to obtain the eccentricity ratio, attitude angle, and their derivatives for the next time step. This study is performed for unidirectional constant load, unidirectional periodic load, and variable rotating load. The journal locus is plotted from the values of eccentricity ratio and attitude angle, and it helps in predicting the status of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-691
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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