The growing demand of efficiency and economy has led to a dramatic increase of the operating speed of the journal bearing, with a higher temperature distribution. This paper aims to investigate the three-dimensional temperature distribution of journal bearings.
A thermo-hydrodynamic lubrication model of a journal bearing was established based on the full 3D CFD method. A two-sided wall was used to include the conjugate heat transfer effect. The temperature-dependent characteristics of lubrication and cavitation impact were also included. The simulation results well agreed with the experimental results. Based on this method, the three-dimensional temperature distribution was analyzed under different operating conditions.
The temperature distribution in the radial direction had a difference. An increase of speed and de-crease of inlet temperature promoted temperature differences in the higher temperature zone and the increasing temperature zone, respectively. However, the inlet pressure had less influence on these differences. The temperature distribution was basically the same at a lower bearing conductivity. As the conductivity increased, the radial temperature difference was increased.
The temperature distribution in the radial direction was found under different operating conditions, and the present research provides references to understand the three-dimensional temperature distribution of journal bearings.
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51506225). The authors thank Dr Edward C. Mignot, Shandong University, for his linguistic advice.
Li, Q., Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Xu, W. and Wang, Z. (2019), "Investigations of the three-dimensional temperature field of journal bearings considering conjugate heat transfer and cavitation", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 71 No. 1, pp. 109-118. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-03-2018-0113Download as .RIS
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