Where combined radial and axial loads act on the bearing, the conical journal bearing is best suited. Large turbines, generators, compressors and other machinery perform better while using conical hydrodynamic journal bearings (CHJBs). The bearings worn out and the performance suffered because of regular use and numerous start and stop operations.
The performance of CHJB is evaluated using both analytical and experimental methods in this paper. The analytical method for resolving Reynolds equation uses spherical coordinate system and finite element analysis. On the CHJB test rig, data is collected for different radial loads with 10°, 20° and 30° semi-cone angles using hydraulic oil of viscosity grade ISO VG46.
The findings of this paper demonstrate that at various semi-cone angles for worn-out bearings, the maximum pressure developed increases with increasing radial load.
This paper provides analytical and experimental performance of CHJBs considering the effect of abrasive wear that is caused because of frequent start and stop operations of machine. The results of wear impact on CHJBs will be helpful for researchers and design engineers.
Kamble, D.H., Phalle, V.M., Mantha, S.S. and Pawar, S.R. (2023), "Performance of conical hydrodynamic journal bearing under the worn-out condition", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 75 No. 2, pp. 174-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILT-05-2022-0177
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