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Influence of wedge shape on the performance of air foil thrust bearings

Hongyang Hu (School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)
Ming Feng (School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China)

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 3 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of different wedge shapes on the performance of air foil thrust bearing (AFTB).

Design/methodology/approach

During the study, a bump foil stiffness model considering slip deformation and a two-dimensional sheet top foil model is established, and the Reynolds equation and film thickness equation is solved using the finite difference method and finite element method. The static performance such as load carrying capacity, friction torque and power loss of AFTB under different taper parameters is obtained. The influence of different pitch ratio, film thickness ratio and wedge shapes on the bearing characteristics is studied.

Findings

There is an optimal height and a pitch ratio for the taper of AFTB with certain tile number. Compared to the plane and concave wedge shape, the upper convex shape can enhance the convergence effect of the wedge region, increase the effective film pressure distribution area of the bearing and reduce the local concentrated load of the top foil, which is more conductive to the increase of load capacity.

Originality/value

The wedge shape parameters bring a fundamental difference in the static performance of AFTB. The results are expected to be helpful to bearing designers, researchers and academicians concerned.

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Citation

Hu, H. and Feng, M. (2019), "Influence of wedge shape on the performance of air foil thrust bearings", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 73 No. 1, pp. 23-32. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-05-2019-0175

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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