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Tilt angle effects on the performance of micropolar lubricated noncircular journal bearings

R. Rashidi Meybodi (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran)
M. Zare Mehrjardi (Faculty of Engineering, Ardakan University, Ardakan, Iran)
A.D. Rahmatabadi (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran)

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study tilt angle effects as design parameters of noncircular bearings, on the linear dynamic analyses of micropolar lubricated circular, two, three and four lobe journal bearings.

Design/methodology/approach

Reynolds equation in dynamic state is modified considering the micropolarity characteristics of lubricant, and it is solved using generalized differential quadrature method. The perturbed components of the dynamic pressure are extracted based on the linear dynamic model. To explain the transient state of the governing equation, through the linear dynamic approach, the whirling motion of rotor around the steady state position is assumed to be harmonic.

Findings

It is observed from the results that tilt angle has significant effects on the steady state and stability performance of lobed journal bearings. It may be selected suitably to improve the performance of rotor-bearing system, while all other lubricant properties and noncircular bearing design parameters are kept fixed. Results show that among the three types of bearings considered, the dynamic performance of two lobe bearings are more affected by the variation of tilt angle.

Originality/value

The present study is mainly concerned with the effects of tilt angle as a design parameter on the stability performance of a hydrodynamic noncircular journal bearing lubricated with micropolar fluid.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this work that was provided by Payame Noor University.

Citation

Rashidi Meybodi, R., Zare Mehrjardi, M. and Rahmatabadi, A.D. (2017), "Tilt angle effects on the performance of micropolar lubricated noncircular journal bearings", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 69 No. 4, pp. 536-549. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-03-2016-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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